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NEWS UPDATE August 13, 2012

Obama administration looking at ethanol rules, as drought spurs corn prices

By Mario Parker and Roger Runningen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted August 13, 2012

The Obama administration is reviewing the country’s ethanol policy amid calls from both political parties and the United Nations to suspend annual targets as the worst drought in 56 years spurs corn prices. Twenty-five U.S. senators, both Republicans and Democrats, asked Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to halt or lower mandates on how much ethanol the country must use this year and next. The senators’ Aug. 7 letter followed an Aug. 1 petition from a bipartisan coalition of 156 members of the House of Representatives. [ read more … ]

Vilsack: No reason to panic over crop yields

By David Hendee and Leslie Reed, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS  •    •  Posted August 13, 2012

The nation’s No. 1 crop may be withering in parched fields across the country, but there’s no reason to panic, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday in Omaha. The corn crop — which feeds cattle, pigs and poultry, produces ethanol fuel, plastics and sweeteners, and is exported around the world — has been clobbered by heat and a lack of rain this summer. [ read more … ]

USDA predicts smallest corn crop in 6 years

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 13, 2012

In a report closely watched by the livestock and ethanol industries, the Agriculture Department today sharply reduced its projections of this year’s corn crop in response to the drought conditions in the Midwest. Average corn yields per acre are expected to be 123.4 bushels, down 22.6 bushels from the forecast last month and the lowest average yield since 1995. USDA also reduced its forecast for total corn production for the 2012-2013 growing year by 2 billion bushels. The crop is expected to be only 10.8 billion bushels — the lowest figure since 2006. [ read more … ]

Latest Ethanol Mandate Raises Ire of Motorcyclists

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 13, 2012

However inconceivable it may seem, ethanol has managed to earn itself another enemy. To service-station owners, refiners, vintage-car collectors, economists and car manufacturers themselves, add motorcycle riders. [ read more … ]

Sensenbrenner continues E15 attack in response to EPA’s 4-gallon rule

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 13, 2012

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) today continued to hammer U.S. EPA over its decision to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline, saying the agency was mandating how much gasoline American consumers can buy. In a statement, Sensenbrenner, a longtime opponent of ethanol, circulated an Aug. 2 letter from EPA to the American Motorcyclist Association in which the agency said it would require vehicle owners purchasing gasoline from gas stations that sell higher ethanol blends out of the same hose to buy at least 4 gallons. [ read more … ]

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