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NEWS UPDATE February 13, 2014

House bill would expand ethanol infrastructure

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 13, 2014

Iowa Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack this week introduced legislation to boost investment in renewable fuel infrastructure. The bill, introduced Tuesday, would create a competitive grant program run by the Department of Agriculture for renewable and alternative fuel infrastructure improvements. Grants would be aimed at rural areas and help fund ethanol pumps at gas stations, new storage tanks and piping, and electric vehicle chargers. [ read more … ]

Conflict in Oil Industry, Awash in Crude

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 13, 2014

“What we have here is a food fight for the profits that will come either from exports of crude oil or exports of refined products,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, who testified before Congress recently in favor of lifting the ban. “It’s like an argument inside a family business but one that could result in huge market distortions that can either hurt the consumer or our national security.” [ read more … ]

Shake-ups add to climate, energy lineup

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 13, 2014

There’s a new energy and climate team in the White House. Dan Utech, President Obama’s chief energy and climate adviser, announced this week that he’ll have two new deputies as his office plows ahead with the administration’s Climate Action Plan. [ read more … ]

Emissions reductions from bioenergy have many variables — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 13, 2014

The greenhouse gas emissions reductions from bioenergy vary greatly depending on the type of raw material and technology used, according to a study today from the International Council on Clean Transportation. Bioenergy produced from agricultural residues and energy crops such as grasses yields at least 50 percent carbon savings in a 10-year payback period, while bioenergy produced from whole trees offers no greenhouse gas reductions over 30 years, the study found. [ read more … ]

Comment: Don’t go backward on biofuels

By Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), The Hill.com  •    •  Posted February 13, 2014

The president challenged Congress during his State of the Union address to make 2014 a breakthrough year. He called for a “year of action” and reminded us that America does not stand still. We agree that America cannot afford to stand still. And as bipartisan champions of clean-burning renewable energy, we also agree we must fight to strengthen public policies — such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — that are good for the environment, good for national security, good for energy independence, good for our balance of trade, and good for economic, wage and job growth.
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