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NEWS UPDATE September 18, 2014

Iowa RFA Ad Challenges Biden on RFS

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted September 18, 2014

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) took out a full page ad in today’s Des Moines Register to ask Vice President Joe Biden to set the record straight on reports that he may have intervened to reverse the Obama Administration’s previous support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Obama may enjoy a ‘leadership moment’ at next week’s climate summit meeting in N.Y.

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 18, 2014

Don’t expect the United States to announce any new emissions targets at next week’s U.N. global warming summit. And definitely don’t expect promises of money for poor countries. But observers say that when President Obama takes the stage in New York, he will have a unique chance to recast America’s role in fighting climate change to the international community. [ read more … ]

Wyden wants ‘performance based’ energy subsidies — defining ‘performance’ is the tricky part

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 18, 2014

A Finance Committee hearing yesterday on energy tax policy issues served largely as a table-setter for a potential return next year to comprehensive tax reform negotiations, which would affect all sectors of the economy. But Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) briefly touched on their more immediate concern — the “tax extenders” package that has been awaiting action for months. Both said they would like a post-election lame-duck session to be used to pass the bill, which includes about a dozen energy-related tax breaks such as the production tax credit (PTC) among its 50 or so provisions. [ read more … ]

‘Red tide’ threatens Fla. economy

By AP/Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 18, 2014

Slow-moving toxic algae in the Gulf of Mexico is harming wildlife and stands to threaten Florida’s popular beaches and waterways. The “red tide,” an algae strain called Karenia brevis, occurs almost every year but is especially large this year. [ read more … ]

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