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NEWS UPDATE December 12, 2013

EPA Official Says Exceeding 10% Ethanol in Fuel Not Feasible

By Mark Drajem, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 12, 2013

Lawmakers probed Grundler today about the EPA’s proposal last month to cut the requirements for ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels. Some senators, such as Louisiana Republican David Vitter, said the shortfall in production of cellulosic ethanol shows that the entire requirement should be scrapped. Others, such as Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer criticized the EPA’s proposed cut of the ethanol mandate. [ read more … ]

Senators Could Dethrone King Corn in Ethanol Standards

By Clare Foran, National Journal  •    •  Posted December 12, 2013

“No program is perfect that’s for sure, whatever it is; even in the private sector, no new product is perfect and no new marketing strategy is perfect at first. So we gotta work together, and I’m willing to do that. But I just think overall let’s not turn our back on a way to make sure we can become more energy independent and have a better environment in the long run,” Boxer added. [ read more … ]

Gen Wesley Clark Testifies on RFS

by Joanna Schroeder, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted December 12, 2013

General Wesley K. Clark (Ret.), co-chair of Growth Energy’s Board of Directors testified on the numerous benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today. One of his messages is that a reduction in the renewable fuel volume requirements of the RFS will move the biofuel industry backwards.
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Vitter chided over ‘Obama phone’ attack

By Julian Hattem, TheHill.com  •    •  Posted December 12, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) laid into Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) for taking up time a Senate committee hearing to question a witness about his support for a federal discounted phone service program. Former Gen. Wesley Clark was speaking before the committee about the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, but Vitter instead decided to press him on work he’s done to promote the phone program. [ read more … ]

USDA, Navy roll out ‘Farm to Fleet’ program

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 12, 2013

The Agriculture Department and Navy today announced a “Farm to Fleet” initiative that will, for the first time, make advanced biofuels available to the Navy as part of its regular procurement practices. Through the initiative, the Navy will seek to purchase jet engine and marine diesel fuels containing 10 to 50 percent advanced biofuels. USDA will assist in funding through its Commodity Credit Corp., which provides loans and financial payments to farmers.
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