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NEWS UPDATE May 14, 2014

Senate starts work on tax extender bill

By Ramsey Cox, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

The Senate voted 96-3 Tuesday to advance a tax extenders bill, passing the first procedural hurdle. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on a motion to proceed to the Hire More Heroes Act, H.R. 3474, which will serve as the legislative vehicle for S. 2260, the EXPIRE Act. Nearly every Senate Republican joined Democrats to advance the $85 billion plus bill that extends tax credits, which expired at the beginning of the year. Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Mike Lee (Utah) voted against the motion. [ read more … ]

Senators want feds to support biofuels

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., flanked by five other Democratic senators, and producer/processors from their states, launched an effort Wednesday to re-up federal support for biofuels. Heitkamp emceed a conference call and phone press conference in Washington, involving Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota, as well as Dick Durbin of Illinois, Maria Cantwell, Washington and Joe Donnelly, Indiana, and producers or processors from several states. The six senators said they are opposing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule to cut the required amount of biofuels to be produced in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel industry ‘slowly being bled dry,’ survey finds

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

The majority of U.S. biodiesel producers have slowed production, laid off workers and delayed or canceled expansion plans this year, according to a new industry survey released today. The survey conducted by the National Biodiesel Board found that 78 percent of biodiesel producers have reduced production this year compared with 2013, while 57 percent have idled production altogether or shut down a plant. A third of producers have reduced their workforce or expect to reduce their workforce this year. Eighty-five percent of producers have delayed or canceled expansion plans. “We are all slowly being bled dry,” Jeff Haas, CEO of General Biodiesel in Seattle, said in a news release. [ read more … ]

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 14, 2014

The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded. The Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. The report also found that rising sea levels are putting people and food supplies in vulnerable coastal regions like eastern India, Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at risk and could lead to a new wave of refugees. [ read more … ]

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