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NEWS UPDATE July 18, 2013

Republicans admit their RFS hearing isn’t ‘fair and balanced’

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 18, 2013

A Republican hearing convened yesterday to examine the renewable fuel standard was admittedly a one-sided look at the federal biofuel policy, the panel’s chairman said. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s energy task force, said the hearing had been scheduled to “build the case for repeal” of the standard. Rather than corn farmers and ethanol companies, Barton’s witness list included several prominent critics of the RFS from the oil, livestock, restaurant and marine manufacturing industries. “I’m the chairman of the task force. I’ll take the blame,” Barton said. “We did not schedule a fair and balanced hearing.” [ read more … ]

Clinton urges climate action as headquarters is named in his honor

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 18, 2013

President Clinton today said efforts to bolster the world’s economy rest on a commitment to a “sustainable, green, shared future” at a ceremony that renamed U.S. EPA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters in his honor. “It’s not just that you can grow the economy and have a sustainable future,” he said. “It is the only way to do it.” [ read more … ]

Big oil begins media blitz to repeal RFS

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted July 18, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute hasn’t hidden its dislike for the country’s Renewable Fuel Standard and now it’s taking its message to the airwaves through a sweeping media blitz to educate the public on why it must end. API, which represents 500 oil and natural gas companies, said Monday it was launching “Fuel for Thought,” a new TV, radio, print and ad campaign on the dangers of the RFS — an 8-year-old law that requires refiners to produce alternative fuels to help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign energy. [ read more … ]

Brazilian producers say EPA proposal would violate trade rules, raise prices

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 18, 2013

Brazilian producers of sugar cane ethanol are warning that a U.S. EPA proposal would disrupt U.S.-Brazil ethanol trade, would complicate efforts to meet domestic biofuel goals and might violate international trade rules. EPA is proposing to retroactively place foreign ethanol producers under the same requirements as importers of renewable fuel, regardless of whether foreign producers generate credits associated with the renewable fuel standard. The proposal, which has largely flown under the radar, was tucked into a large package of amendments that the agency proposed for the federal biofuel policy in mid-June. [ read more … ]

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