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NEWS UPDATE May 8, 2014

Opponents of renewable fuels point to ‘unintended consequences’ during Hill, EPA meetings

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 8, 2014

Ethanol opponents from the livestock, environmental and small-engine sectors yesterday stepped up their calls on Congress to either reform or repeal the renewable fuel standard. A group of organizations arrayed under the “Smarter Fuel Future” coalition hit Capitol Hill offices yesterday afternoon to push for action on RFS bills that have been stalled throughout this congressional session. They also met with U.S. EPA to urge the agency to stand firm on a proposal to roll back this year’s mandates for ethanol and advanced biofuel use. [ read more … ]

High prices hamper success of alternative jet fuel — GAO

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 8, 2014

High development costs and uncertain federal policies stand in the way of creating a viable market for alternative jet fuels, according to a new report from the government’s watchdog agency. Those challenges have helped keep alternative jet fuels priced higher than their petroleum counterparts, hindering their ability to compete against traditional fuels, according to the Government Accountability Office. The government has several means to reduce the price of alternative fuels, including funding research, providing more regulatory certainty and giving the industry direct financial support. But market factors will ultimately determine the industry’s long-term success, GAO said. [ read more … ]

From crop failures to flooded runways, new climate report catalogs impacts across sectors

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, Debra Kahn, Christa Marshall and Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted May 8, 2014

When it rains, it pours. When it’s dry, it’s parched. When it’s hot, it lasts. These are some of the impacts climate change is already bringing to the United States, with more extremes to come in the future, according to the National Climate Assessment report released yesterday. With 30 chapters, multiple appendices and a user-friendly website, the report comprehensively documents climate change impacts across the United States. [ read more … ]

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