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NEWS UPDATE July 10, 2014

U.S. senators press for probe of report that oil companies blocked ethanol

BY AYESHA RASCOE, REUTERS  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

“This new report underscores the need for the FTC to look into these allegations, and I will continue pushing to ensure that consumers have access to the cheaper, cleaner fuels they deserve,” Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antirust panel, said in a statement. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires increasing amounts of ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into U.S. fuel supplies through 2022. [ read more … ]

Des Moines area’s grades mixed on renewable fuel

Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

Gas stations with operations in the Des Moines area received mixed grades fromthe ethanol industry for their willingness to carry fuel containing higher blends of the product. The report from the Renewable Fuels Association released Tuesday said Kum & Go and Kwik Trip, which have operations in the Des Moines area, were among the eight companies that received grades of A plus, meaning more than 25 percent of their stations offer fuel containing 15 percent or 85 percent ethanol.
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Big Oil ‘rigging’ market against higher blends — ethanol industry report

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

Big oil companies have been slow to adopt higher blends of ethanol and have contracts that make it difficult for gas station owners to choose those blends on their own, according to an ethanol industry report. Only 0.6 percent of gas stations branded by the “big five” oil companies — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC, Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. — currently offer gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol, the Renewable Fuels Association said. Independent, unbranded stations, on the other hand, have adopted higher blends at a rate of between 2.3 and 3.5 percent. [ read more … ]

European Commission and Industry Investing $5 Billion in Biomass

By Louise Downing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

The European Commission and companies including Coca-Cola Co. are investing as much as 3.7 billion euros ($5 billion) to foster the growth of a regional bio-energy industry. The commission is providing 975 million euros from 2014 to 2024, with the remaining 2.7 billion euros coming from the Bio-Based Industries Consortium, according to an e-mailed statement from BBI and the EC. The public-private partnership aims to spur investments and create a competitive market. [ read more … ]

Former Vilsack adviser to lobby for corn industry group

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

A former adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been hired to lobby for the National Corn Growers Association. Mark Palmer, who briefly worked for the trade group a decade ago, registered last month to lobby for the association, according to Senate disclosure records released this week. Palmer will lobby on “trade and biotechnology issues,” records show [ read more … ]

Scientists tout benefits of GMOs at hearing

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 10, 2014

Agricultural biotechnology offers opportunities to improve the nutrition, abundance and safety of food, and has been inaccurately maligned in the United States and abroad, said witnesses at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing yesterday. Three university professors and a dairy farmer spoke in front of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture on the societal benefits of genetic engineering, which include both advances in traditional breeding and transgenic technologies. [ read more … ]

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