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NEWS UPDATE May 9, 2014

RFS rollback would undermine U.S. climate goals — industry

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 9, 2014

A recent proposal to roll back federal renewable fuel mandates would undermine the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change, the biofuels industry told President Obama today. U.S. EPA’s proposed rollback is at odds with the National Climate Assessment, released earlier this week, which called for action to prevent a wide range of likely climate change impacts, a group of biofuels companies and trade groups wrote in a letter to Obama. The proposal would reduce refiners’ biofuels requirements this year by 16 percent compared to the level set by the 2007 statute that created the renewable fuel standard. The proposal would set this year’s targets for ethanol and advanced biofuels below last year’s actual production levels.
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Take a second look, Brazil study helps prove the value of mid-level ethanol blends

Kim Trinchet, Urban Air Initative  •    •  Posted May 9, 2014

A recent study titled Reduction in local ozone levels in urban Sao Paulo due to a shift from ethanol to gasoline use is attracting a lot of attention. This study claims a 20% reduction in ozone when drivers in Brazil switched from ethanol to gasoline. However, it’s important to point out that the gasoline used during the time of this study is actually a blend of 25 percent ethanol. This helps prove that mid-level ethanol blends are a benefit for consumers and emissions. [ read more … ]

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