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NEWS UPDATE November 30, 2012

AAA warns E15 gasoline could cause car damage

Gary Strauss, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

The AAA says the Environmental Protection Agency and gasoline retailers should halt the sale of E15, a new ethanol blend that could damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties.
AAA, which issued its warning Friday, says just 12 million of more than 240 million cars, trucks and SUVs now in use have manufacturers’ approval for E15. Flex-fuel vehicles, 2012 and newer General Motors vehicles, 2013 Fords and 2001 and later model Porsches are the exceptions, according to AAA, the nation’s largest motorist group, with 53.5 million members. [ read more … ]

Energy extenders hang in balance amid scant progress in budget talks

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

Ongoing budget negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) showed little sign of progress yesterday, leaving a suite of energy-related tax breaks hanging in the balance. Expired or expiring tax incentives for wind energy, alternative fuels, home weatherization and other activities are expected to be included as part of a broader legislative package aimed at addressing the looming spending cuts and tax hikes collectively known as the “fiscal cliff.” [ read more … ]

Majority of voters support tighter soot standard — Lung Association poll

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

More than six in 10 registered voters support a U.S. EPA proposal to tighten air standards on small particles that come from power plants, boilers and car tailpipes, according to a new poll from the American Lung Association. The group found broad bipartisan support tightening the national ambient air quality standard, or NAAQS, for fine particles, commonly referred to as PM 2.5 or soot. [ read more … ]

Despite Setbacks, Investor Is Bullish on Clean Technology

By RANDALL SMITH, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

Vinod Khosla crowed about the clean energy industry last year. Three of the biofuel start-ups in his venture capital portfolio had just gone public, and the stocks had risen considerably after their debuts. “I challenge anybody to claim that clean tech done right is a disaster,” Mr. Khosla said at a conference, rebuffing recent criticism. “We’ve generated more profits there than anybody has.” Since then, Mr. Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, has watched much of those paper gains evaporate. As the clean energy industry broadly has taken a hit, shares of the biofuel companies – Amyris, Gevo and KiOR – have slumped 70 percent to 90 percent from their peaks. His stakes, once worth as much as $1.3 billion, are now valued at roughly $378 million. [ read more … ]

Southeastern U.S. hit hard after two months of less rain

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

The drought continued to expand this week, with the largest increase found in the southeastern United States and Oklahoma. The total land in the country ensnared by drought is more than 52 percent, an increase of nearly 2 percentage points since last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor released today. Nearly 17 percent of the country is in extreme drought or worse, up from 16 percent last week. [ read more … ]

Defense funds for advanced fuels will provide long-term benefits, say supporters

Julia Pyper and Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

The biofuels industry enjoyed its second victory in a week yesterday as senators voted to repeal a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that would have hindered military investment in advanced fuels. Led by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee and supporter of renewable energy, 62 senators voted for an amendment that would repeal a section requiring the Department of Defense to forgo advanced biofuels if the cost were higher than that of conventional fossil fuels (E&ENews PM, Nov. 28). [ read more … ]

Military programs win another victory in the Senate

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2012

The Senate voted yesterday to restore the military’s ability to participate in a multiple-agency program to build advanced biorefineries across the country. In a 54-41 vote, the Senate approved the amendment from North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan (D) as part of its debate on the 2013 authorizing measure for the Department of Defense. It would allow the Navy to invest $170 million toward biorefineries in a joint agreement with the Agriculture and Energy departments. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.