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NEWS UPDATE January 17, 2012

Committees prep their agendas — but will anything really get done?

  •  E&E  •  Posted January 17, 2012

Congress is returning to Washington, and the partisan rancor that defined Capitol Hill in 2011 is likely to remain — or get even worse — in 2012. Republicans still run the House. Democrats continue to cling to a slim majority in the Senate. President Obama seems determined to keep his distance from both chambers. And it’s an election year — what are the odds of anything getting done this year? [ read more … ]

Half of incentives went to Iowa biofuel firms

Lee Rood  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted January 17, 2012

Biofuels companies made up more than half of the top 50 recipients awarded state aid since the state began tallying all public assistance doled out in 2003, according to information provided to The Des Moines Register under Iowa’s open records law. Biofuels plants now owned by Texas oil giant Valero Energy topped the list of 50 companies awarded the most in tax breaks and other assistance — some $59 million since 2003. [ read more … ]

Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice

JOHN TIERNEY  •  New York Times  •  Posted January 17, 2012

“People will make trade-offs, but the one thing that won’t be traded off is keeping the lights on at reasonable cost,” he says. Given the reluctance of affluent Europeans to make sacrifices, what are the odds of persuading billions of people in poorer countries to pay more for energy today in return for a cooler climate at the end of the century? But suppose they were offered a deal with immediate benefits, like the one proposed in Science by researchers in the United States, Britain, Italy, Austria, Thailand and Kenya. The team looked at ways to slow global warming while also reducing the soot and smog that are damaging agriculture and health. [ read more … ]

Valero Energy to invest in cellulosic ethanol plant in US

EBR Staff Writer  •  EBR  •  Posted January 17, 2012

Crude oil refiner Valero Energy has unveiled plans to invest $50m in a cellulosic ethanol plant which will be located in the US state of Michigan.
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