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NEWS UPDATE September 17, 2014

Vilsack sees some proposed ethanol cuts being restored

By Christopher Doering,, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 17, 2014

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday offered support Tuesday to ethanol producers facing challenges, saying that the White House is committed to boosting use of the fuel in the country’s gasoline supply. Speaking before a friendly audience of biofuel producers in Washington, the former Iowa governor said he was confident the administration would restore at least some of the proposed cuts to a mandate that would lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into the country’s fuel supply in 2014. [ read more … ]

Poet’s Walther discusses future of company’s commercial-scale cellulosic plant

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted September 12, 2014

Is the opening of Poet-DSM’s Project Liberty, the country’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, a game-changer for the industry? During today’s OnPoint, Rob Walther, director of federal affairs at Poet, discusses the cost-competitiveness of cellulosic ethanol and the existing market challenges for the fuel, following last week’s ribbon cutting at the Iowa facility. Walther also explains why he believes the industry continues to need strong support through the renewable fuel standard for continued growth. [ read more … ]

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 17, 2014

In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free. A global commission will announce its finding on Tuesday that an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years, an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure. [ read more … ]

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