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NEWS UPDATE December 16, 2014

Senate has end of 113th in sight

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted December 16, 2014

he Senate will vote Tuesday to clear two of President Obama’s more controversial nominees, clearing a major hurdle to finishing the 113th Congress this week. Senators will vote to end debate and confirm Sarah Saldaña, Obama’s nominee to head Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken, the choice to serve as Deputy Secretary of State. Once they are out of the way, Senate aides expect an agreement to confirm Obama’s other pending nominees by midweek. That would speed up final votes on a package extending a variety of lapsed tax breaks and on the stalled Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. [ read more … ]

Iowa projected to add 1,330 energy jobs in 2015

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted December 16, 2014

Iowa could add about 1,300 more advanced energy jobs next year, pushing up employment in wind, solar, renewable fuels and energy efficiency to nearly 24,000, according to a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. The Washington, D.C., advocacy group said advanced energy this year made up 1.3 percent of Iowa’s total workforce with 22,643 workers at 1,427 companies. It’s expected to climb 6 percent to 23,979 in 2015, according to the report that’s based on an industry survey. [ read more … ]

Kansas, Nebraska attorneys general challenge EPA ethanol emissions model

By Midwest Producer  •    •  Posted December 16, 2014

The attorneys general in Kansas and Nebraska have asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations they say discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions not backed by scientific facts. The lawsuit, filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by Kansas AG Derek Schmidt and Nebraska AG Jon Bruning, asks the court to reject new EPA regulations that will require states to immediately begin using the MOVES2014 model in their State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for controlling pollutants governed by national air quality standards. [ read more … ]

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