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NEWS UPDATE July 7, 2014

Texas production accounts for 36% of U.S. output — EIA

Simone Sebastian, Fuel Fix  •    •  Posted July 7, 2014

More than a third of U.S. oil now comes from Texas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In April, oil production in the state rose to more than 3 million barrels per day — more than twice the production of three years ago — accounting for 36 percent of the nation’s oil. [ read more … ]

Iowan now helps farmers from Washington post

Written by Christopher Doering, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted July 7, 2014

Tom Vilsack, America’s agricultural chief, is one of the few remaining original cabinet members in President Barack Obama’s administration. Since taking the position in January 2009, Vilsack has benefited from a strong farm economy that has spurred growth in rural areas. It’s almost unimaginable that Vilsack, now ensconced in a second-floor office overlooking the National Mall in Washington, never thought about a future as agriculture secretary. He spent most of his life in Iowa — the country’s largest corn, hog and ethanol producer and the second-biggest soybean grower — and moved up the political ranks from small-town mayor to two-term governor before coming to the nation’s capital.
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Drought releases grip on Midwest’s soybean and corn crops

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 7, 2014

The Midwest’s corn-and-bean belt is rapidly emerging from drought, offering a positive summer outlook for growers, according to today’s U.S. Drought Monitor. The percentage of soybeans in drought has dropped 80 percent since April 8 — the peak for 2014 — from 25 percent to 5 percent. Corn in drought has dropped from 32 percent in early April — the peak for 2014 — to 8 percent, the monitor said. [ read more … ]

Obama admin offers $4B in loan guarantees for renewables, efficiency

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 7, 2014

The Obama administration offered as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees today for clean and efficient energy and fuel projects, rejuvenating a program that not long ago was a political punching bag. The Department of Energy is making up to $4 billion in loan support available to foster technology and equipment for the grid, transportation and housing technologies that would curb emissions and complement President Obama’s climate initiative. [ read more … ]

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