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NEWS UPDATE February 22, 2013

Oil, food groups urge Supreme Court to take up E15 challenge

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 22, 2013

Nine groups led by the American Petroleum Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association asked the Supreme Court to take up a case challenging U.S. EPA’s decision to expand the level of ethanol allowed in gasoline. The groups — a subset of the original petitioners — are asking that the Supreme Court reverse that decision. “The D.C. Circuit incorrectly concluded that none of the 17 petitioners had standing to challenge the E15 partial waivers,” said Bob Greco, director of API’s downstream activities. [ read more … ]

Industries try to stop higher-ethanol fuel

Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY12:24p.m. EST February 21, 2013  •    •  Posted February 22, 2013

A coalition of oil and food industry groups filed a petition with the Supreme Court Thursday asking it to overturn a lower court decision that said they didn’t have standing to sue over a federal decision to allow more ethanol in fuel. The American Petroleum Institute’s Bob Greco said the groups also plan to ask Congress to overturn the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that he says is “simply unsustainable” because of the allowance of higher levels of ethanol. API and the Grocery Manufacturers Association were joined by groups representing the meat, pork and chicken industries in the petition because of the effect increased use of corn for fuel has on the prices the food industry has to pay for feed and raw materials. Corn is used in the production of ethanol. [ read more … ]

Interest groups gird for battle as they anticipate McCarthy pick

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 22, 2013

President Obama hasn’t nominated U.S. EPA air chief Gina McCarthy to be the agency’s next administrator, but EPA friends and foes alike sure are acting as though it’s a done deal. Both groups agree on one thing: If Obama picks McCarthy — a straight-talking former state regulator and leader of the EPA office responsible for recent high-impact rules for limiting greenhouse gases and air toxics from power plants — he’s hellbent on plowing ahead with aggressive environmental regulations in his second term. [ read more … ]

Vilsack: Ethanol under fire by oil-producing states

Matt Kelley, Nebraska Radio Netwrok  •    •  Posted February 22, 2013

The ethanol industry is again being threatened and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is putting out a warning to leaders in states like Nebraska, the nation’s number-two ethanol producer. Vilsack says ethanol is clean-burning, renewable and helps reduce dependence on foreign oil. “This is an important industry to agriculture. It’s an important industry to consumers of this country because you absolutely pay less at the pump because we have a healthy renewable fuels industry,” Vilsack told reporters after his private meetings at the statehouse. “The renewable fuels standard is the lynchpin to that healthy industry. It’s also the lynchpin to further investments in advanced biofuels that will allow us to expand significantly beyond corn-based ethanol, which will be a good thing.” [ read more … ]

Ethanol push spurring conversion of grassland to cropland — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 22, 2013

High crop prices driven largely by the demand for ethanol and biodiesel are spurring farmers in the Corn Belt to convert vast amounts of grassland into cropland, according to a new study that is drawing heat from the ethanol industry. The conversion of 1.3 million acres of grassland into cropland between 2006 and 2011 has significant implications for the environment, including a likely reduction in bird diversity, greater flood risk and the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found.
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