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NEWS UPDATE February 27, 2013

Hearing epitomizes Hill battles over biofuels

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

Officially, a congressional hearing held yesterday was meant to explore the “scientific, technical and consumer impacts” of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. But while witnesses from the auto and motorcycle industries shared surveys and studies on the new fuel, the hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment mostly served to feed the divisive war of words over ethanol on Capitol Hill. [ read more … ]

Ethanol supporters: Hearing ‘one-sided’

Written by Christopher Doering, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

The ethanol industry criticized a U.S. House subcommittee for holding a “one-sided” hearing on a higher ethanol blend with testimony only from opponents who have spoken against the corn-based fuel. The hearing Tuesday in the House Science Subcommittee on the Environment consisted of testimony from the head of the American Automobile Association, a vice president with the American Motorcyclist Association and a member of the board of directors from the Coordinating Research Council, a nonprofit that has the American Petroleum Institute, Ford and General Motors as its members. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Legislature: Bill would broaden biofuels additives in state

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

Minnesota legislators will get a chance Wednesday, Feb. 27, to look at a bill that would allow a different kind of corn-based biofuel besides ethanol to be mixed with gasoline. The bill also would set an “aspirational goal” of displacing more petroleum use by calling for Minnesota gasoline to contain a 30 percent mixture of biofuels by 2025, said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, a state trade group. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Ethanol: Tough Time for Industry to be Profitable

10/11 News  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says there’s a fine line between making money and losing money in the ethanol industry. “Right now the profitability of ethanol is not particularly good, it’s been a prolonged period of almost break-even sort of margins, and a few cases where plants maybe were trying to deal with some debt as well,” says Sneller. “It’s just not been profitable to produce ethanol for some of those.” [ read more … ]

Drought spurs ‘very aggressive’ USDA focus on climate change

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

The Department of Agriculture will focus aggressively on climate change following last year’s crippling U.S. drought. USDA plans to ramp up weather forecasting and encourage more sustainable farming practices to mitigate climate impacts on farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an industry audience at the department’s annual conference last week. [ read more … ]

Vilsack aide joins EPA as agricultural counselor

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2013

A senior official at the Agriculture Department has moved to U.S. EPA to serve as the agency’s senior agricultural counselor. Sarah Bittleman will advise on how environmental issues affect farmers and ranchers, EPA said in a statement. [ read more … ]

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