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NEWS UPDATE July 30, 2014

Grassley files amendments to restore wind, biodiesel tax credits

By┬áTimothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted July 30, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that he had proposed amendments that would restore the tax credits for wind energy and biodiesel production. Both measures would amend the Bring Jobs Home Act, which seeks to discourage outsourcing jobs by ending certain tax credits. The wind and biodiesel incentives, popular in Iowa because they benefits industries common to the state, expired last year. [ read more … ]

Iowa GOP hopeful wants higher ethanol mandate

By┬áTimothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted July 30, 2014

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday to increase the amount of ethanol and biodiesel refiners must use, a day after she was accused of not supporting the mandate that is popular among Iowa farmers. The EPA has proposed to reduce the volume of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline this year, while keeping the biodiesel mandate the same under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Cargill announces anti-deforestation policy for palm oil

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 30, 2014

Large agribusiness Cargill Inc. announced today that it will take steps to ensure that it does not purchase or use palm oil linked to deforestation. The largest private company in the country said it will build a “traceable and transparent” supply chain and will ensure that its palm oil does not lead to the deforestation of lands with a high conservation value; will end development on peat lands, which store large amounts of carbon; and will no longer buy from firms that exploit indigenous people and local communities to grow palm.
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