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NEWS UPDATE September 23, 2014

Groups say Obama’s RFS plan hurts climate legacy more than ‘worst enemies’

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2014

“Your administration is proposing to change the RFS rules in the middle of the game with a brand new methodological approach that allows oil companies to avoid their obligations under the law by simply refusing to distribute renewable fuel to consumers,” the ad says in an open letter to Obama. “You will have inadvertently done more to damage your climate legacy than your worst enemies.” The one-page ad ran yesterday in The New York Times as more than 310,000 protesters marched in New York City to demand that global leaders take action on climate change. Tomorrow, more than 120 world leaders, including Obama, will convene at the United Nations for a summit on climate change. [ read more … ]

Diverse coalition urges Obama admin officials to lower RFS targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2014

“We emphasized to them now is the time for Americans to stop paying the price for the failed RFS policy,” said former Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), vice president for government relations at the American Motorcyclist Association, in a conference call after the morning meeting. The groups at the meeting included American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the Environmental Working Group, the National Turkey Federation, Boat U.S., the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the National Taxpayers Union. At the meeting were representatives from the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Council of Economic Advisers and the Council on Environmental Quality. U.S. EPA also participated via phone, though the agency’s representative did not speak during the meeting, according to those present. [ read more … ]

Kerry urges world leaders to set ‘ambitious goals’ for emissions treaty

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2014

Kerry’s comments at the opening of Climate Week events here were his second in as many days pledging that the United States is moving ahead domestically and pushing others to do more. He touted the Obama administration’s plans to regulate power plant emissions and claimed the United States has done more to cut carbon in the past five years than in the past 20 combined. “It doesn’t cost more to deal with climate change. It costs more to ignore it and put our head in the sand and continue down this road of obfuscation and avoidance. And we need to make it clear to the people of this country,” Kerry said. [ read more … ]

Comment: Food versus fuel ‘debate’ falls apart

By Ryan Buck, Minneapolis Star Tribune    •    •  Posted September 22, 2014

One of the most frustrating criticisms corn farmers face is the contention that we should be growing corn strictly for food, not ethanol fuel. Our critics frame the debate as food vs. fuel, and completely disregard the facts when unfairly blaming ethanol for taking food off people’s plates and raising food prices. Yes, food prices have increased, about $1 per family member for a family of four on top of the average consumer price inflation since 2005. But as a World Bank study showed, those increases are because of the cost of oil, not using corn to make ethanol. [ read more … ]

Fill ’er Up, but Hold the Gas

By BEN KENIGSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 23, 2014

Produced in conjunction with the nonprofit Fuel Freedom Foundation, “Pump” is less a movie than a webpage in motion. But the arguments have an appealing logic for those concerned about the environment. The film explores America’s dependence on oil, from John D. Rockefeller to the dismantling of the nation’s streetcars, and traces oil’s effects on the broader economy. Electric cars offer a distant solution, but“Pump” suggests that biofuels can provide an interim fix. The movie showcases an apparent success story with ethanol sales in Brazil; it turns hands-on with instructions on how to hack your car to make it run on different types of fuel. The owners of an independent gas station promote the benefits of providing consumers with a choice. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.