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NEWS UPDATE June 27, 2013

Poll finds support for renewable fuels as Congress scrutinizes RFS

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 27, 2013

A new poll conducted for a coalition of biofuels backers shows widespread support for renewable fuels among the American public. The poll, released just hours before the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to dive into federal biofuels policy, found that 80 percent of respondents want the nation to use more renewables in its fuel makeup. About three-quarters of Americans support the renewable fuel standard, the 2007 policy that mandates the country blend 36 billion gallons a year of biofuels into motor fuel by 2022. [ read more … ]

Obama calls Congress’ relevance into question with climate plan

John McArdle and Emily Yehle, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted June 27, 2013

President Obama used his high-profile climate change speech Tuesday to try to drive a nail into the coffin of Congress’ relevance when it comes to leading the country, and the world, to a lower-carbon future. One day later, several lawmakers declared that reports of Congress’ irrelevance in the climate change debate had been greatly exaggerated. [ read more … ]

Senators offer bill to boost alt fuel vehicles

Eugene Mulero and Amanda Peterka, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted June 27, 2013

Democrats Ron Wyden of Oregon and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the leaders of the Senate Energy and Agriculture panels, respectively, introduced legislation this week aimed at advancing the production of alternative fuel vehicles around the country. The measure, meant to develop more demand for alternatives to gasoline, calls for supporting the deployment of alternative fuel filling stations, while expanding an Energy Department advanced technology vehicle manufacturing loan program and providing technical assistance to public-private partnerships and state and local governments. [ read more … ]

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