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NEWS UPDATE December 5, 2013

Branstad warns of harm to rural America if ethanol mandate is cut

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted December 5, 2013

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday the White House risks harming the rural economy if it moves forward with a plan to reduce the amount of ethanol required to be mixed into the country’s gasoline supply next year. [ read more … ]

Lobbyists swarm Washington as EPA mulls cutting biofuels mandate

BY CEZARY PODKUL, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 5, 2013

Some 144 industry representatives are scheduled to testify on Thursday in a marathon hearing that will feature at least 24 separate panels and last for 12 hours at a suburban Washington, D.C., hotel. Among those assigned to speak will be representatives from the biofuels industry, anti-hunger groups, bakers, petroleum refiners, small-engine manufacturers, lawmakers and the governor of Iowa, the largest U.S. corn-producing state. [ read more … ]

Messaging war on RFS heats up ahead of EPA public hearing

Jason Plautz, E&E reporte  •    •  Posted December 5, 2013

Dozens of industry, environmental, agriculture and economic policy groups are slated to weigh in at today’s public hearing in Crystal City, Va., where the agency will collect feedback on its proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard volume targets. Also scheduled to speak, according to a preliminary agenda, are Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and Reps. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). [ read more … ]

Another Battle Looms in the Endless Ethanol War

By Clare Foran, National Journal  •    •  Posted December 5, 2013

The debate over the renewable-fuel standard flared up again this week ahead of a hearing the Environmental Protection Agency will hold on Thursday to solicit feedback on a proposal to lower the 2014 production mandate. Interest groups from both sides of the debate have found common ground on one point—they want the proposal changed. But that’s where the consensus ends. [ read more … ]

Ethanol’s rise, conservation programs’ demise spur habitat losses in Prairie Pothole region

Erika Bolstad, E&E correspondent  •    •  Posted December 5, 2013

eyond the weather, though, there are other reasons for concern in the Prairie Pothole region, the grasslands and seasonal wetlands that stretch across the middle of the continent through the Dakotas and into Canada. The federal ethanol mandate, coupled with a demand for grains overseas, has led farmers to invest in recent years in more cornfields and soybean crops. High commodity prices means many farmers are forgoing enrollment in the federal Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to remove environmentally sensitive land from production. [ read more … ]

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