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NEWS UPDATE June 26, 2013

Clean Air Act, Reinterpreted, Would Focus on Flexibility and State-Level Efforts

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 26, 2013

With no chance of Congressional support, President Obama is staking part of his legacy on a big risk: that he can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stretching the intent of a law decades old and not written with climate change in mind. His plan, unveiled Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, will set off legal and political battles that will last years. [ read more … ]

Obama launches ‘coordinated assault’ against warming

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 26, 2013

President Obama today said that rather than waiting for Congress to act on climate change, his administration would move forward in every way it could — curbing emissions, shoring up American infrastructure and heading “a coordinated assault” abroad on global warming. The president said he chose the venue for today’s speech — a sun-dappled Georgetown University quad — because climate change is a threat to the next generation’s future. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court ruling means higher ethanol blend likely to proliferate

BARRY ADAMS | Wisconsin State Journal  •    •  Posted June 26, 2013

For Erik Huschitt, general manager and vice president of operations at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe, the ruling will allow fuel providers to offer options to their customers without fear of investing in infrastructure. “I applaud the decision,” Huschitt said. “Continuously changing the rules in which we’re all suppose to maneuver is very, very difficult as far as a business goes. People can (now) plan and start making this fuel available.” [ read more … ]

Top USDA economist says RFS plays ‘small role’ in food prices

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 26, 2013

Increased ethanol production spurred by the renewable fuel standard is partly responsible for high corn prices but has had only a small effect on U.S. retail food prices, the Agriculture Department’s top economist plans to tell lawmakers today. USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will testify this afternoon at a highly anticipated hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The hearing is the first in a series that the subcommittee plans to hold throughout this summer to review the 2007 standard, which mandates that 36 billion gallons a year of biofuels be blended into the nation’s motor fuel supply by 2022. [ read more … ]

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