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NEWS UPDATE December 6, 2013

Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA’s mind at hearing

BY CEZARY PODKUL, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 6, 2013

Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse on Thursday, desperate for the U.S. government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuels that must be added to the fuel supply in 2014. About 300 people attended a public meeting held by the Environmental Protection Agency on the Renewable Fuel Standard, proposed changes which have become one of the most divisive policy issues of the year.
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Groups square off at listening session on RFS

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 6, 2013

Some of the harshest criticism of EPA came from elected officials opposed to the RFS cutback. “The EPA is now caving in to the demands of Big Oil, [which] has always resisted renewable fuel,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), whose state is a leader in corn, soybean and biodiesel production. He added, “The president got his start in Iowa, and people today are feeling betrayed.” [ read more … ]

Weak RFS will lead to massive emissions spike — trade group

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 6, 2013

“The story many people are missing is the practical middle ground,” said Martin. That middle ground “recognizes the practical necessity of significantly slowing down the pace of RFS mandate growth, but also recognizes that the EPA proposal goes too far, and would seriously undermine investment needed to make progress on the long-term goals of the RFS.” [ read more … ]

Growing corn can be done sustainably. So why isn’t it?

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 6, 2013

In a little corner of the Great Plains, corn growers are using proven methods to cut their carbon footprint. The tri-state corner of Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa is marked by rolling hills dotted with trees, a transition between the dry prairies and woodlands. Recently, it has become a laboratory for more sustainable corn, and one research team has found that the processes used can cut carbon emissions by more than half from the national average. [ read more … ]

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