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NEWS UPDATE January 21, 2015

Obama blasts climate deniers, pipeline pushers in forceful speech 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 21, 2015

“[T]oday, America is No. 1 in oil and gas. America is No. 1 in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump,” Obama said. [ read more … ]

Vilsack: Biofuel production unfazed by federal delays

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 21, 2015

The next generation of biofuel production didn’t take the hit industry leaders predicted with the delay of a federal mandate requiring ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board Monday. “I’m not sure that it has been a significant hindrance on investment,” Vilsack told the board. “I’m not saying there hasn’t been some” impact “but it hasn’t been significant.” [ read more … ]

D.C. Influencers Spend More on Advertising and PR Than Lobbying

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young / Center for Public Integrity, Time  •    •  Posted January 21, 2015

Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation. Take, for example, the American Petroleum Institute. The oil and gas industry trade group spent more than $7 million lobbying federal officials in 2012. But that sum was dwarfed by the $85.5 million it paid to four public relations and advertising firms to, in effect, lobby the American public — including $51.9 million just to global PR giant Edelman. From 2008 through 2012, annual tax filings show, the API paid Edelman a staggering $327.4 million for advertising and public relations services, more than any other contractor. The API, Growth Energy — which represents ethanol producers — and other energy and natural resources trade groups collectively spent more than $430.5 million on PR and advertising to help burnish their image between 2008 and 2012. [ read more … ]

Facing Competing Priorities, API Backs Clean Keystone Bill Over RFS Reform

By John Siciliano, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 21, 2015

Despite its long-time calls for overhauling EPA’s renewable fuels standard (RFS), the oil industry says the Senate should delay debate over the issue until sometime later this year and block attempts by two senators to attach an amendment to the pending Keystone XL pipeline bill, another of the industry’s priorities, which would eliminate the RFS mandate for corn ethanol in favor of lower carbon cellulosic fuels. [ read more … ]

Novozymes Chief Says 2G Ethanol Market Can Endure Oil Price Drop

By Andrew Noel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 21, 2015

“If oil were to stay at $40 forever, then I would argue that the value of the option we are offering would get smaller,” Nielsen said in a phone interview. “I think it will climb back up to $80 a barrel. Oil is the main input for corn. It’s not a given that corn gets expensive.” Novozymes expects the volume of first-generation ethanol that uses crops, rather than crop-waste, to remain at steady levels in 2015. The Bagsvaerd, Denmark-based company had envisaged supplying 15 second-generation ethanol plants by 2017 when it inaugurated the plant in Crescentino, Italy. That may now take until 2020, Nielsen said. [ read more … ]

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