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NEWS UPDATE February 17, 2013

E15 bill a ‘big, wet kiss’ for Big Oil — biofuels groups

  •    •  Posted February 17, 2013

The bill introduced yesterday by Wicker and Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, would freeze ethanol blending at the 10 percent level, the level found in most gas stations today. It would reverse U.S. EPA’s decisions to issue partial waivers under the Clean Air Act allowing 15 percent ethanol in gasoline to be used in cars from model years 2001 and newer. E15 is being sold in a handful of gas stations in the Midwest but has yet to make a dent in the market. Opponents of E15 have cited a number of concerns, including voided warranties, damage to car engines and a high probability of use in vehicles not approved for the fuel. [ read more … ]

Joint Statement: Advanced Biofuel Organizations Set the Record Straight on API’s Latest RFS Distortions and Attacks

BIO  •    •  Posted February 17, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is once again misleading Congress and the general public about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS); this time, as it pertains to a January 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The ruling ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the 2012 RFS obligation for cellulosic biofuels but rejected all other complaints brought by API. API now wants to pressure EPA to do what the Court would not. [ read more … ]

Sanders aims to eliminate fossil support, extend renewable tax credits

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 17, 2013

The debate over tax reform is just starting on Capitol Hill, and its implications for energy companies have not yet been a central piece of lawmakers’ discussions, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is claiming the left flank of the debate with legislation introduced yesterday. Sanders’ bill would eliminate a broad swath of tax benefits for oil and natural gas companies while extending renewable energy tax credits through 2020 — longer than even some renewable industry officials think those credits will be necessary. [ read more … ]

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