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NEWS UPDATE June 3, 2013

Oversight panel to scrutinize EPA, renewable fuel standard

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 3, 2013

The hearing comes as EPA faces increasing pressure over all facets of its handling of the renewable fuel standard, through which it mandates yearly levels of conventional ethanol and advanced biofuel that must be blended into the nation’s motor fuel supply. “This hearing will examine the renewable fuel standard, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s management of the program and its use of the waiver authority provided to it by Congress,” the subcommittee’s majority staff said in a statement. “The hearing will assess what actions EPA can take to relieve burdens placed on consumers and stakeholders by the renewable fuel standard.” [ read more … ]

Florida Governor Signs Ethanol Bill Repealing Required Percentage Statute

Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach | By Tom McLaughlin  •    •  Posted June 3, 2013

The new law repeals a five-year-old statute requiring all state service stations to sell gasoline containing an established percentage of ethanol. State Rep. Matt Gaetz’s long quest to repeal a requirement that gasoline sold in Florida contain some percentage of the supplement ethanol is over. [ read more … ]

Poet LLC Asks Court to Overturn California Low-Carbon Fuel Rule

By Karen Gullo & Robert Burnson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 3, 2013

Poet LLC, the second-biggest U.S. ethanol producer, will try to persuade a California appeals court the state’s low-carbon fuel standard should be thrown out because its environmental effects weren’t adequately studied. Poet, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, lost its lower-court challenge to the California Air Resources Board’s requirement that companies selling transportation fuel in the state reduce their product’s “carbon intensity” by 10 percent in the next seven years. [ read more … ]

Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part II: Food Prices

Geoff Cooper is RFA’s Vice President of Research and Analysis.  •    •  Posted June 3, 2013

Last week I kicked off a short series of posts examining some of the biggest myths perpetuated by the oil industry in its crusade against biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As part of an aggressive push to repeal the RFS, oil industry trade groups and their allies have used a well-stocked arsenal of half-truths and misinformation regarding ethanol and other biofuels. Big Oil’s PR machine regurgitates these myths via conference calls with reporters, meetings with editorial boards, sham studies, paid advertising, social media and many other channels. Their goal, of course, is to weaken political and public support for the RFS and put the brakes on the transition to renewables. [ read more … ]

Longtime foes use Hill review as opportunity to spar

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 3, 2013

In their most recent competing statements to the Energy and Commerce Committee leaders, the oil industry is blaming ethanol for increased greenhouse gas emissions, while the ethanol industry is chiding the committee for not focusing on the environmental impacts of oil production. The finger-pointing is likely only to increase as the committee embarks this summer on a series of hearings on the RFS, which mandates levels of conventional ethanol and advanced biofuel that must be blended into the nation’s motor fuel supply each year. Both industries have much at stake: The ethanol industry relies on the renewable fuel standard to create a market for its product, while the oil industry is faced with the prospect of replacing up to 15 percent of petroleum-based gasoline with biofuels. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.