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NEWS UPDATE November 29, 2012

Military vote a ‘good signal’ of congressional support for RFS, advocates say

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 29, 2012

Industry groups are hailing yesterday’s Senate vote to restore military biofuels efforts as a signal that Congress will remain supportive of the renewable fuel standard despite calls for reform or repeal. The biofuels industry is hoping to build on the 62-37 vote next year, said Advanced Biofuels Association President Mike McAdams, when battles over the standard are likely to come to a head in Congress. [ read more … ]

Senate attaches Udall’s proposal on military investments to defense bill

Eugene Mulero, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 29, 2012

The Senate yesterday adopted a Democratic amendment to a defense policy bill that would restore the military’s ability to invest in biofuels. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered the amendment to the fiscal 2013 defense authorizing measure. His proposal would strike language barring the military from purchasing certain alternative fuels found to be costlier than petroleum-based fuels. [ read more … ]

RFS carries hefty price tag for chain restaurants — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 29, 2012

Chain restaurants jumped today into the fight against federal biofuel mandates. The National Council of Chain Restaurants today released a study finding that the renewable fuel standard could increase corn prices by 4 to 27 percent by 2015. The increase, the group said, could cost the industry up to $3.2 billion per year by 2015, or as much as $17,000 for each full-service restaurant. [ read more … ]

Oil industry sues to block corn-based ethanol mandates

By David Shepardson, Detroit News Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted November 29, 2012

The government’s rising requirements for corn-based ethanol for use in the nation’s cars and trucks is adding billions of dollars to the costs of groceries — and even the price of fast-food burgers — as the oil industry sued to block some new mandates. On Wednesday, the American Petroleum Institute said it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the Environmental Protection Agency for its decision to mandate the use of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013, a 28 percent increase from the 2012 requirement.
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Oil interests sue government over biodiesel mandate

CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Des Moines Register, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted November 29, 2012

The oil industry launched its latest attack against the U.S. government’s efforts to require the use of renewable fuels, suing the Environmental Protection Agency for increasing the amount of biodiesel required for use in the nation’s trucks next year to a level it described as “overzealous” and “unworkable.” The American Petroleum Institute, which represents energy giants such as ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, said the proposal by the EPA to boost the blend total for biodiesel by 28 percent in 2013 could raise the costs of making the fuel and should be reduced. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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