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NEWS UPDATE February 25, 2013

Panel seeks answers on EPA approval of E15

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 25, 2013

As critics of federal biofuels policy ramp up their efforts on and off the Hill, a congressional hearing this week will delve into U.S. EPA’s decision to increase the level of ethanol allowed in gasoline. While opponents of EPA’s approval of E15 welcome the hearing, it is raising eyebrows in the ethanol industry. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Environment, has invited vocal critics of EPA’s E15 decision to testify, including representatives from the American Motorcyclist Association and AAA, the auto club. The goal of the hearing, according to a committee aide, is to examine the “scientific, technical and consumer impacts” of EPA’s approval of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. The hearing will also look at the impact of E15 on car engines and fuel infrastructure, as well as what further research on E15 is needed, the aide said. [ read more … ]

Vilsack-ethanol is under attack

Matt Kelley,KMA Radio  •    •  Posted February 24, 2013

“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 … ]

AGRIBUSINESS: Benefits Of Ethanol As Gas Prices Rise

WHO-TV, Des Moines  •    •  Posted February 25, 2013

Over the past five years – he says gas prices have risen an average of 51-cents per gallon between New Year’s Day and the Memorial Day weekend. As prices rise – Dinneen says American ethanol is the motorist’s friend. He points to a recent study conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University that shows the nation’s growing use of domestically-produced ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011. [ read more … ]

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