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NEWS UPDATE July 24, 2014

Top energy lawmaker trying to ‘broker’ RFS deal

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 24, 2014

The top energy House lawmaker is trying to arrange a deal to bring a renewable fuel standard reform bill to the floor this Congress, though the effort faces an uphill battle. “We’ve been trying to broker an agreement for a while,” House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a brief interview yesterday in the Capitol. Over the course of the last year and a half, several members of both the House and Senate have introduced bills that would either reform or repeal the RFS, the federal policy that requires refiners to use increasing amounts of ethanol and advanced biofuels. [ read more … ]

New safety rules proposed for ethanol, oil trains

By Staff and wire reports, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted July 24, 2014

Thousands of older railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and ethanol would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery oil-train crashes over the past year. The proposal also will require improved braking systems, stricter speed limits and testing of crude oil before being loaded, according to the Transportation Department. The rules apply to shipments of ethanol distilled from corn, as well as to oil. The ethanol industry protested in response.
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Texas City contends for $4.5 billion methanol plant

by┬áRhiannon Meyers, Fuel Fix  •    •  Posted July 24, 2014

Made from natural gas, methanol is used in a wide range of products, including plastics, paints, solvents, refrigerants and pigments. Other countries also use methanol as a replacement or an additive to gasoline, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not approved it as a transportation fuel. [ read more … ]

Energy and climate change are large factors in U.S. defense, experts tell Senate panel

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 24, 2014

From Iraq to Ukraine, fast-shifting energy needs are changing the face of international security, experts told Congress yesterday. Testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel, current and former defense leaders put climate change squarely at the center of security operations, arguing that rising seas and fiercer storms must be taken into account when planning for America’s military future. [ read more … ]

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