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NEWS UPDATE March 15, 2012

A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure

FELICITY BARRINGER  •  New York Times  •  Posted March 15, 2012

The recent death of F. Sherwood Rowland, who, working in 1974 with Mario Molina, discovered that the ozone layer was endangered by a lucrative class of chemicals, is a reminder of the perennial determination of industries to undermine scientific findings that could cost them money or markets. The best-known example is the cigarette industry’s effort to marginalize the science linking tobacco to deadly diseases like lung cancer. Accounts by historians including “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway or the just-released “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor show how tobacco companies delayed regulatory action by casting doubt on science. [ read more … ]

Senate approves reauthorization bill after grueling floor debate

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted March 15, 2012

The Senate voted 74-22 today to clear a two-year bill that would reauthorize U.S. transportation programs in a bipartisan vote, ending months of work and five weeks of floor action. [ read more … ]

NH House: Ban ethanol in gasoline

  •  WPTZ  •  Posted March 15, 2012

New Hampshire’s House has voted to ban corn-based ethanol as a gasoline additive. The ban would not take effect unless at least two other New England states do the same. A similar proposal has not been approved in the rest of the region. [ read more … ]

Brazil Ethanol Drive Falters on Domestic Supply Shortage

Raymond Colitt and Stephan Nielsen  •  Bloomberg  •  Posted March 15, 2012

Brazil is struggling to make enough ethanol to satisfy domestic demand just as the U.S. scraps restrictions on imports for the first time since 1980. The U.S., the world’s largest market for the biofuel, on Jan. 1 cut a 45 cent-a-gallon tax credit and a 54 cent-a-gallon tariff that protected local companies from foreign competition. Brazil, the world’s No. 2 producer, is unlikely to be able to take advantage after output dropped 19 percent this season. [ read more … ]

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