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NEWS UPDATE November 25, 2014

Sweeping regulatory document outlines White House agenda

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 25, 2014

The regulatory agenda provides a hint as to the Obama administration’s next steps in setting the targets under the renewable fuel standard, the federal policy mandating that refiners use conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels. According to the agenda, EPA is planning to propose its targets for 2015 in May and to finalize that proposal in August. [ read more … ]

Would ethanol help the environment? Obama administration can’t decide

By EVAN HALPER, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted November 25, 2014

“This is the only federal law that does anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation,” said Neil Kohler, CEO of Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol. The administration’s signature climate change policy, which involves reducing emissions from power plants, is years away from being fully in place, he noted. The ethanol mandate “is the only law the federal government has in place to address climate change now. Period. End of story. We need the EPA to stand behind this,” he said. [ read more … ]

Ethanol proponents anticipating a fight

By NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted November 25, 2014

The biofuels industry is gearing up for a fight, a national industry spokesman said Monday. Doug Durante, executive director of Bethesda, Maryland-based Clean Fuels Development Coalition, predicted lawsuits over the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of quotas for renewable fuels and a hostile post-election U.S. Congress. “The outgoing chair, Barbara Boxer, says global warming is the biggest threat facing mankind,” Durante said of the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The incoming chairman (James Inhofe, R-Okla.) says it is the greatest hoax that was perpetrated on mankind.” [ read more … ]

Comment: The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

By Brent Erickson, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted November 25, 2014

The RFS was designed to increase advanced biofuel production and use – not to preserve the status quo of oil’s domination of the transportation fuel supply. If the volumes are based on gasoline consumption rather than biofuel production, it will fundamentally undermine the RFS’s policy support for advanced biofuel commercialization and put the program on a flat trajectory that only benefits oil refiners.
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