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NEWS UPDATE January 4, 2013

Congress Renews Credit for Biodiesel Industry

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 4, 2013

A year after Congress eliminated two major subsidies for corn-based ethanol, the market has still not absorbed all the ethanol available. So the budget deal also extends tax credits to help gas stations invest in selling a blend of 85 percent ethanol, or E85, or less. The package allows a credit of up to $100,000 per filling station. The problem is that there were few takers for a similar credit that was in place last year.

Only 3,000 of the 165,000 gas stations in the United States are equipped to sell ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. And at current prices, the millions of cars now capable of using E85 can cover more miles on E10, a blend that is 10 percent ethanol, for the same price. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Corn-Based Ethanol: A Win for Public Health and the Economy

By William C. Holmberg, Environmental Health Policy Institute  •    •  Posted January 4, 2013

When the medical costs associated with the PAHs’ carcinogenic/mutagenic emissions are considered, higher quality ethanol gasoline blends could save Americans tens of billions per year in reduced health and energy costs, while also substantially reducing the transportation sector’s carbon footprint and dramatically improving our quality of life, especially for urban youth and those who live near congested roadways. [ read more … ]

3 new Republican members join Energy and Natural Resources

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 4, 2013

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will add three Republican members this year, including two conservative freshmen, GOP leadership announced today. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), two of their party’s more conservative members, will join the panel, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will return to the committee after a stint on Environment and Public Works, which he is leaving. They will be taking over for Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Daniel Coats (R-Ind.). [ read more … ]

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