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NEWS UPDATE May 14, 2014

Overwhelming vote advances extenders bill, but hurdles remain

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

A popular bill to extend dozens of expired business tax incentives — including several renewable electricity, energy efficiency and alternative fuels credits — cleared a key hurdle in the Senate yesterday even as it remained in danger of faltering amid bitter partisan fights that have nearly ground lawmaking to a halt. Senators overwhelmingly voted in favor of a procedural measure to formally take up the so-called tax extenders bill, but that 96-3 tally may not shield the legislation from tough hurdles ahead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is again expected to block any amendments to the bill, a move sure to further enrage Republicans who say they are routinely shut out of the legislative process. [ read more … ]

DuPont CEO asks Congress, White House to keep ethanol mandate

Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

Ellen Kullman, DuPont’s chief executive, said in remarks Tuesday at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia that the Renewable Fuel Standard reduces the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, creates jobs in rural America and produces environmental benefits. The Renewable Fuel Standard is a 2007 law that mandates a growing amount of ethanol to be blended into the country’s gasoline supply each year through 2022. “Legislative and regulatory uncertainty has a direct impact on the growth of this industry,” Kullman said. “If the EPA issues an RFS rule with increasing biofuels volumes, supporting a stable regulatory environment, our industry can thrive. The Renewable Fuel Standard works, and Congress and the administration need to ensure its stability.” [ read more … ]

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