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NEWS UPDATE January 16, 2013

Oil industry escalates attacks on biofuel mandate

By Zack Colman, The Hill  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

The oil industry on Tuesday escalated its attacks on the federal biofuel mandate as it rolled out a national ad campaign aimed at promoting the nation’s refineries. The ad blitz from the American Petroleum Institute will be an “all hands on deck” effort across TV, print, radio and online, Cindy Schild, the lobby’s senior manager, said Tuesday in a call with reporters. She said getting Congress to axe the biofuel rule is “one place to start” to strengthen the domestic refining industry.
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API’s new campaign seeks repeal of biofuel mandates

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute is rolling out a new media campaign, a major goal of which is to push for repeal of the nation’s biofuel mandates. The campaign, which started this week with a national television ad promoting domestic refining, will also push for “reasonable regulation” over the oil industry and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, representatives from API said today. Called “Investing in America’s Future,” it will include TV, print, radio and online ads both in the Beltway and across the country. [ read more … ]

Lawmaker looks to broader reform debate to pass bill eliminating energy credits

Nick Juliano and Manuel Quinones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) yesterday reintroduced legislation aimed at eliminating tax credits for energy producers and suggested he could support broadening the scope of his effort to also target other incentives, such as deductions enjoyed by the oil and gas industry, in an effort to attract bipartisan support to eliminate all energy-related favors as part of a broader tax reform push. Pompeo’s bill, H.R. 259, introduced yesterday with 11 Republican co-sponsors, is virtually identical to legislation he introduced in the previous Congress. It would eliminate more than a dozen tax credits, most notably the production tax credit for wind and other renewable sources, as well as credits for biodiesel, alternative fuels and electric cars. [ read more … ]

Some see make-or-break year for cellulosic industry

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

Long described as an industry that’s “five years away,” manufacturers of U.S. cellulosic biofuels say they’re ready at last to make big gains in 2013. At least five cellulosic facilities are expected this year to commercially produce fuels from farm residue, switchgrass and municipal garbage, and several others will have cornerstones laid for production in the next two years. But the industry’s arrival will depend on whether federal incentives, including the renewable fuel standard, survive. Detractors have vowed to use legislation and litigation to whittle away at the standard, which came under fire last year as the drought across the Corn Belt drove up prices for livestock feed. [ read more … ]

Two Nebraska ethanol plants to be idled for now

Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

The Abengoa Bioenergy ethanol plants in Ravenna and York, Neb., are facing temporary shutdowns. Chris Standlee, Abengoa executive vice president, said the shutdowns are the result of an unfavorable ethanol market. [ read more … ]

Judges deny request for full court rehearing of E15 case

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2013

A federal court today denied petitions by groups representing oil refiners, food producers and automakers to rehear their cases challenging U.S. EPA’s approval of expanded ethanol use in the market. The groups had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the full court to reconsider a summer ruling that they did not have legal standing to pursue a challenge to EPA’s decision on E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.
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