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NEWS UPDATE April 15, 2013

Refining group asks Supreme Court to take up E15 challenge

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

Refining group American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has become the latest group to petition the Supreme Court to take up a challenge of U.S. EPA’s decision to allow gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol in the fuel market. The organization today said it asked that the high court review a ruling last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found AFPM and others did not have legal standing to pursue a challenge of EPA’s decision. The appeals court ruled that the groups did not show actual injury from the expansion of ethanol in the market from 10 percent to 15 percent. [ read more … ]

OP-Ed — Biofuels are not the problem

By Jeff Lautt, CEO, POET – 04/12/13 10:15 AM ET, The Hill’s Congress Blog  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

You’re paying more for gasoline. The oil industry’s pocketing the profits. And they don’t want you to know it. Complaints about biofuels this year are the latest shiny ball for the oil industry, meant to distract the public from what’s really biting into their household budgets. Refining margins this year have been at record levels. Oil companies are making more money, even as gas prices for February and March were the highest in history. If you want to know why you’re paying more at the pump, look no further than oil executives’ pockets. How they keep a straight face while espousing concern for American drivers is beyond me. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed–Pull the plug on the RFS

By Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.) – 04/11/13 03:45 PM ET is editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

Note reference to GBC’s RFS letter.
During the past several years, self-appointed autocrats in government have been inserting themselves into our day-to-day lives in the mistaken belief that we need to be protected from ourselves. The mayor of New York City led an aborted attempt to ban large sodas because we’re powerless against carbonated calories; the government tells banks who they can lend money to despite the potential financial risk; utilities are ordered to produce a percentage of their electricity from green energy sources despite the cost to consumers; and motorists fill up with government gas and diesel concoctions designed by environmental activists and bureaucrats rather than by automotive engineers and energy experts [ read more … ]

Harvard students rally in support of fossil-fuel divestment

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

Yesterday, about 150 Harvard University students rallied in support of a petition demanding that the university divest fossil fuel company investments from its $30.7 billion endowment — by far the largest in the nation. The rally was just one event within a larger divestment movement among colleges and universities, largely sponsored by 350.org, an environmental advocacy organization founded by Bill McKibben. Since the beginning of this school year, divestment initiatives have sprung up in more than 300 colleges and universities. [ read more … ]

Major storm waters down extreme drought in Neb.

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

For months, Nebraska has languished in the most intense drought on record. This week, it finally saw respite. Thursday’s Drought Monitor indicated that the area of Nebraska in exceptional drought — the most severe category — has shrunk by 80 percent. Nevertheless, the state is still overwhelmed by extreme drought, the second-worst category. [ read more … ]

Court rules against BP-DuPont venture in patent dispute

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 15, 2013

A federal court in Delaware this week ruled against joint BP PLC-DuPont Co. venture Butamax in a patent dispute over isobutanol, a drop-in biofuel that many in the industry see as a better alternative to ethanol. In a final judgment issued Wednesday, Judge Sue Robinson said that Gevo Inc. didn’t infringe on one of Butamax’s patents and that some claims made by the joint venture on another patent were invalid. The judgment came after the court ruled earlier this year for Gevo in the dispute. [ read more … ]

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