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NEWS UPDATE August 27, 2012

A mixed GOP message on ethanol

Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 25, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose 2008 effort to waive the federal renewable fuel standard that is the basis for ethanol demand came back to haunt him during the recent Iowa caucus campaign, on Friday joined the governors of Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina in another request for the waiver. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson, Perry said “”the RFS may have been a well-intentioned effort to move our country toward energy independence, but it has, predictably, done more harm than good. Not only is it driving up grocery prices for all families, it is also putting increasing strain on business.” The EPA last week opened a 30-day comment period on the waiver. It has 90 days to make a decison, a timetable that would effectively throw the politically-charged issue past the November Presidential election. [ read more … ]

Nebraska may see its first E15 gas soon

World-Herald News Service  •    •  Posted August 27, 2012

Nebraska could soon have its first station offering gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend. Retailers in the state could offer E15 as soon as next month, said Kim Clark, director of biofuel development for the Nebraska Corn Board.
Tuesday, a second gasoline station in Kansas began selling E15. The Ottawa station and one in Lawrence are the only two retail location in the nation selling E15. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Biofuel Tax Policy: Short Term Progress, Long Term Challenges

Brian Siu, NRDC  •    •  Posted August 27, 2012

Runaway oil dependence puts our environment, public health and national security at risk. That’s why the Senate Finance Committee’s recent extension of the cellulosic ethanol income tax credit is welcome news. This incentive, which provides $1.01 per gallon of cellulosic ethanol, will help limit oil demand by encouraging private investment in cleaner, safer alternatives. But there’s still room for improvement. Over the long term, the tax code must incorporate features that address the environmental risks of biofuel production and encourage the development of the best-performing biofuels that protect our climate and natural resources. [ read more … ]

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