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NEWS UPDATE September 20, 2012

Ethanol group downplays study calling for long-term RFS waiver

  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted September 20, 2012

The Renewable Fuels Association downplayed a report released this week that found a waiver of the renewable fuel standard by federal regulators wouldn’t lower prices or significantly curtail corn demand as much as expected. A study made public this week by the Energy Policy Research Foundation said a near-term waiver of the blending requirement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would have little effect on the corn demand. The group also said the energy security claims and cost savings from ethanol have been exaggerated. To offset the loss in ethanol supply, it proposed boosting gasoline imports and reducing the production of other refined products in order to extract more gasoline from crude oil. [ read more … ]

Sunset for 2008 farm bill will leave conservation, energy programs in dark

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted September 20, 2012

With three legislative days left this month and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) canceling October’s session, there is little hope the House will act on the farm bill before the election. The House is instead likely to let the 2008 farm bill expire on Sept. 30, a prospect with implications for farmland conservation and rural energy development. Several conservation programs would be unable to enroll new participants, while most farm-bill energy programs would lose their authorizations. [ read more … ]

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