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NEWS UPDATE November 13, 2014

Govs. Brown, Inslee warn administration about scaling back RFS

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2014

The Democratic governors of Washington and California are warning that a rollback of federal biofuel mandates could thwart state efforts to support low-carbon advanced biofuels. In a letter to Obama administration officials, Govs. Jay Inslee of Washington and Jerry Brown of California said that scaling back the federal renewable fuel standard this year, as U.S. EPA is considering, would create an uncertain policy atmosphere that could hurt their states’ renewable fuel initiatives. In their letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, Inslee and Brown urged EPA to “refrain from adopting new methodologies that would curb investment in low carbon renewable fuels” and to provide that renewable fuel volumes in the country “increase steadily, not just for 2014, but through 2022 and beyond.” [ read more … ]

In Climate Deal With China, Obama May Set 2016 Theme

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 13, 2014

President Obama’s landmark agreement with China to cut greenhouse gas pollution is a bet by the president and Democrats that on the issue of climate change, American voters are far ahead of Washington’s warring factions and that the environment will be a winning cause in the 2016 presidential campaign. A variety of polls show that a majority of American voters now believe that climate change is occurring, are worried about it, and support candidates who back policies to stop it. In particular, polls show that majorities of Hispanics, young people and unmarried women — the voters who were central to Mr. Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012 — support candidates who back climate change policy. [ read more … ]

E85 sales to at least double in the next decade — report

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2014

Sales of gasoline tailored for flex-fuel vehicles will at least double by 2023, according to a report released today. During the same time, however, sales of E85 could increase as much as twentyfold, depending on the price of the fuel relative to regular gasoline and the rate at which automakers produce flex-fuel vehicles, the report from the National Association of Convenience Stores’ Fuels Institute found. [ read more … ]

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