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NEWS UPDATE June 17, 2013

Energy and Commerce: Refuge from ethanol ire

By: Darren Goode, Politico  •    •  Posted June 17, 2013

Pro-ethanol Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee see no reason to worry about their panel’s probe of the Environmental Protection Agency’s biofuel mandate, which the GOP-friendly oil industry is fighting hard to repeal. They say the committee has become an oasis from Capitol Hill’s increasingly angry feud on an issue that’s pitting ethanol, oil and agriculture interests against one another other — and potentially against many in the GOP. [ read more … ]

House passes military bill, headed to showdown with Senate over alt fuels

Annie Snider and Phil Taylor, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted June 17, 2013

The House today voted 315-108 in favor of a $638.4 billion 2014 defense policy bill that would repeal a 2007 ban on the government purchase of carbon-intensive fuels and restrict the military’s biofuels program. The vote puts the chamber on a collision course with the Senate, where the Armed Services Committee this week narrowly voted down similar measures, and with the Obama administration (E&E Daily, June 15). In issuing a veto threat against the bill earlier this week, the White House called out the energy provisions, along with others related to detainees, missile defense and budget levels. [ read more … ]

Vilsack outlines vision for agricultural solutions to environmental challenges

USDA  •    •  Posted June 17, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Federal government must increase collaboration with producers, researchers and industry to develop the next generation of solutions that will help agriculture mitigate and adapt to modern climate challenges. “Our farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are the most innovative on earth, and they’re up to the task of meeting environmental challenges that lay ahead,” Vilsack said. “We know what we’re seeing on the ground – more intense weather events, and a greater number of them. USDA will be there to support the efforts of our farmers and ranchers to adapt to these new challenges, just as we have been for decades.” [ read more … ]

Galva, Iowa, plant takes different path to cellulosic ethanol

Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted June 17, 2013

While other biofuel producers work with cornstalks or switchgrass to make cellulosic ethanol, the people at Quad County Corn Processors are working to pull cellulosic ethanol out of the corn kernel. “We’re trying to utilize feedstock that’s already on site,” explains Delayne Johnson, general manager at Quad County. [ read more … ]

Quick EPA approval sought for butanol use in fuel supply

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 17, 2013

Support from U.S. EPA is “absolutely” essential to building up the market for isobutanol, a promising renewable fuel, the chief executive of a joint venture between BP PLC and DuPont Co. said this week. Paul Beckwith, CEO of Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, this week urged EPA to move quickly on approving an application to allow isobutanol into the country’s motor fuel supply at levels up to 16 percent. The agency is currently assessing the fuel’s health and environmental impacts. [ read more … ]

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