Please add the Governors' Biofuels Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 17, 2014

Iowa House and Senate approve resolutions supporting renewable fuel standard

by Jason Noble, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 17, 2014

Lawmakers from both chambers unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to abandon a proposed rule that would reduce a mandate for the production of fuel from renewable sources. The standard, known by the acronym RFS, has been a boon to Iowa’s agricultural economy and spurred substantial development in the state’s ethanol industry. Many worry lowering the federal mandate could harm that growth. [ read more … ]

Iowa House & Senate pass pro-ethanol resolution

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted January 17, 2014

Both the Iowa house and Senate have passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject its proposed rule which would reduce the amount of ethanol produced in the country. Senator Amanda Ragan, a Democrat from Mason City, suggests the proposal is an outgrowth of the oil industry’s attempt to “sabotage” ethanol. [ read more … ]

Enviros press Obama to drop ‘all of the above’ strategy in favor of ‘climate impact lens’

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 17, 2014

Environmentalists are tired of “all of the above.” A coalition of 18 environmental groups yesterday called on President Obama to stop touting an “all of the above” energy strategy — a shorthand expression that lawmakers from both parties often employ to show support for traditional and renewable fuel sources. [ read more … ]

Commentary: The EPA Can’t Give Up Ground on Biofuels

By Martin Barbre, President, National Corn Growers Association, Roll Call  •    •  Posted January 17, 2014

Together with eight other lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., recently introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol. This proposal comes just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce the ethanol fuel requirement. Both moves are reckless and unjustifiable. The nation must break its fossil-fuel addiction. [ read more … ]

2 men indicted in $37M biodiesel fraud schemes

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 17, 2014

A federal grand jury in Las Vegas has indicted two people in biodiesel fraud schemes that allegedly brought in more than $37 million, the Justice Department announced today. In one scheme, the two men are accused of generating $7 million worth of fake renewable fuel credits for biodiesel that was never produced at their company in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the other, the men are accused of passing subpar biodiesel off as 100 percent biodiesel and then keeping $30 million worth of renewable fuel credits for themselves. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.