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NEWS UPDATE March 21, 2014

Dueling RFS ads come to D.C.’s airwaves

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

Both supporters and opponents of renewable fuels are launching ad campaigns in the coming days. Americans United for Change is planning to launch an ad accusing the oil industry of putting profit in front of protecting American homegrown energy. The ad will air in the nation’s capital during the Sunday cable talk shows. The American Petroleum Institute, on the other hand, plans to roll out an ad campaign Monday that features consumers concerned about harms caused by the federal biofuel mandate. The first ad features a family of four walking onto the House floor wearing orange life jackets and carrying paddles. [ read more … ]

TV ‘ad blitz’ planned to argue against cutting RFS

By Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

The liberal group Americans United for Change (AUC) is financing an “ad blitz” in the Washington media market on the major TV talk shows this Sunday to argue its case against reducing the mandated requirements for ethanol and other biofuel use in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The “anti-Big Oil, pro-homegrown jobs” ad will be aired on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, and Fox News Sunday in the DC area at a cost “approaching six figures,” Jeremy Funk, the group’s communications director, said in an e-mail. The ad is aimed at “opinion elites and the ultimate decision-makers” behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the RFS, he said. The ad, titled “Bottom Line,” underscores “the consequences for rural jobs and all American consumers if they ultimately give Big Oil what they want: crippling their cheaper, cleaner renewable fuels competition,” AUC said in a separate news release. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Sponsors Sunday Show TV Ad Blitz In Nation’s Capital

By Gary Truitt, Hooiser Ag Today  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

As the EPA weighs the non-existent pros and the many, many cons of their proposed rule to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard that determines how much renewable fuels should be mixed with gasoline, Americans United for Change announced a Sunday show commercial takeover March 23rd in the nation’s capital to underscore the consequences for rural jobs and all American consumers if they ultimately give Big Oil what they want: crippling their cheaper, cleaner renewable fuels competition. [ read more … ]

Oil lobby optimistic on repealing renewable fuel standard

By Timothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute is optimistic it can convince a majority in the House to endorse reforming or repealing the renewable fuel standard (RFS), an official with the group said. API has counted 205 representatives who have either signed letters or co-sponsored legislation to reduce the amount of renewable fuels that refiners must blend or repeal the mandate altogether, said Bob Greco, downstream group director at API. [ read more … ]

Heat waves hurt corn more than CO2 helps

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

Corn yield losses could be twice as severe if heat waves occur during a crop’s flowering period, despite the benefits that a richer CO2-laden atmosphere might offer plants. Farmers have long known that unusually hot days can devastate crops if they fall during anthesis, the flowering phase that is critical for reproduction. Extreme heat during anthesis can make a plant sterile. Now, a group of crop and climate scientists have predicted exactly how much these events can cut global yields of corn, soybeans and wheat. While some crops are expected to benefit from more carbon dioxide in the future, heat stress will likely erode that boost. [ read more … ]

Ethanol producers take low-carbon fuel standard fight to Supreme Court

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 21, 2014

Ethanol producers are taking their challenge of California’s low-carbon fuel standard to the Supreme Court. The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are asking the nation’s highest court to rule on the constitutionality of California’s program, which assigns carbon scores to various fuels and requires fuel producers and importers to lower the average carbon content of their supplies. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined in January to rehear a challenge to the standard, a key component of California’s suite of greenhouse gas-cutting policies. Industry groups had asked for a rehearing after a 9th Circuit panel reversed a lower court decision against the program. [ read more … ]

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