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NEWS UPDATE September 6, 2012

Shifting Views on Climate Change

John Broder, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 6, 2012

President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, have spelled out their views on climate change in a bit more detail than they usually do on the campaign trail in response to questions from a group of scientific organizations. In written statements posted on Tuesday at the Web site of Sciencedebate.org, the candidates added some clarity to their views on global warming, but in a way that also raised some questions about their consistency. [ read more … ]

Analysis: U.S. bankers say, love or hate it, ethanol here to stay

By Christine Stebbins, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 6, 2012

Before the U.S. biofuels boom took off in 2007, the food vs. fuel debate raged: can we afford to use corn for ethanol in a starving world? Five years later, farm bankers ask: can we afford not to? “Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a completely different question whether it’s right or wrong.” [ read more … ]

Renewable fuel groups file brief in oil industry lawsuit

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 6, 2012

Seven biofuel organizations intervened yesterday in support of U.S. EPA in a petroleum industry-backed legal challenge to a requirement to blend more sustainable biofuels into gasoline, saying the agency should maintain the authority in setting targets. The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, and the Renewable Fuels Association assert that EPA has based its requirements on projections made by the Energy Information Administration, as well as additional information from private companies. “Precedent makes clear that EPA can adopt standards calculated to spur development, consistent with Congress’s express statutory objectives,” states the intervenors’ brief. [ read more … ]

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