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NEWS UPDATE November 6, 2014

With elections over, industry looks to EPA and weighs reform chances

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 6, 2014

Most people close to the RFS debate in Washington, D.C., expect the rule to be subject to multiple lawsuits from biofuels and oil interests when it’s finally released. Much more than just litigation is hinging on the rule’s eventual release, however: It will also likely set the tone for the 2015 standards — EPA has indicated it will release a 2015 proposal in February — and key into potential reform efforts in the new Republican-controlled Congress. [ read more … ]

Will Ethanol Ride the GOP Wave?

By DANIEL LOOKER,  •    •  Posted November 6, 2014

Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, agrees that ethanol’s support is bipartisan. “I’m going back to the principal that has been true for ethanol forever, that ethanol has been a bipartisan issue,” Jennings said Wednesday. “We expect that this remaining bipartisan support will keep big oil from reducing or eliminating the RFS.” That doesn’t mean ethanol groups won’t be busy. Under Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, committees have held hearings that featured oil industry critics of the RFS and members from both parties backed bills to weaken the RFS that ultimately went nowhere. [ read more … ]

Obama vows to work with GOP, ‘happy to engage’ on energy

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 6, 2014

President Obama today said there was room for agreement with Republican leaders on several issues after the GOP’s landslide victory last night, but he warned that he wouldn’t wait to act on parts of his agenda during his last two years in office. Speaking at the White House, Obama outlined possible areas of compromise, including tax reform, efforts to make college more affordable and a longtime Democratic goal to raise the minimum wage. [ read more … ]

United Republican Congress will pose challenges to EPA’s climate rule

By Evan Lehmann and Nathanael Massey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted November 6, 2014

The Senate’s surge into Republican hands yesterday ends an eight-year hold on power in which Democrats made failing attempts to slash carbon emissions amid sharp swings in the public’s mood on climate change and growing damage from natural disasters. Seats in key states like Colorado and Iowa turned to GOP candidates who at times campaigned against the expansion of environmental protections under President Obama. The conservative wave dismantles a Democratic shield that until now had protected U.S. EPA’s efforts to complete its climate rules from Republican attacks as the Obama era ticks toward its end in 2016. [ read more … ]

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