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NEWS UPDATE January 23, 2015

Two Branstads vow to ‘educate’ presidential hopefuls on RFS

By Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Iowa leaders on Thursday threw down a warning to presidential candidates about the renewable fuel standard. “We’re not going to prejudge any of the candidates from either party,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said at a news conference at the Iowa Capitol. “We want to educate them. We want them to support this because it’s important for Iowa. It’s important for America. It’s important for jobs.” [ read more … ]

Iowa Governor Issues an Ethanol Warning for 2016

Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Gov. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa is telling potential presidential candidates that if they want to win over the state’s voters next year, they should make clear now that they support ethanol production in a big way even as a powerful coalition of interest groups in Washington is working against it. Mr. Branstad described his campaign as a multimillion-dollar effort to ensure that candidates who compete in the Iowa caucuses — still a year away — will support the federal renewable fuels standard. It requires that ethanol, a biofuel made chiefly from corn, is blended into gasoline mixes sold in the United States. [ read more … ]

Iowa wants ethanol front and center in 2016 race

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Iowa is launching a campaign aimed at making the federal ethanol mandate a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Iowa hosts the first party nominating contests of the election cycle and counts the ethanol mandate as one of its top policy priorities, since corn, which goes into making most ethanol, is grown throughout the state. [ read more … ]

Campaign aims to spotlight RFS in Iowa caucuses 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Ethanol proponents yesterday launched a campaign to rally support for the renewable fuel standard ahead of the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses. The “America’s Renewable Future” campaign will comprise an expansive field organization in Iowa, advertising, public opinion research, and digital and social media outreach, according to campaign operatives. The goal is to educate Democratic and Republican 2016 presidential contenders and caucusgoers “about the remarkable success of the RFS” and ethanol’s contribution to local economies in the heartland. Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, a lead supporter of the campaign, called it a “strong bipartisan effort being made to educate people who come to Iowa and presidential candidates.” [ read more … ]

Comment: The ongoing attack on ethanol

By Douglas A. Durante, Clean Fuels Development Foundation, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

There is an old saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. However, we must add to that list the certainty that each Congress Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will continue her inexplicable crusade against corn ethanol by introducing legislation, amendments, riders, and other measures to tear down one of the great American success stories in an otherwise miserable legacy of energy policy. The current iteration is an amendment to the Keystone Pipeline legislation. [ read more … ]

Ethanol opponents fail to get Senate vote

By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse Communications  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won’t be considered in the Senate. “At this point it’s unlikely we will bring that to a vote,” Sen. Pat Toomey told Agri-Pulse on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Republican had proposed the anti-ethanol amendment to a pending bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He declined further comment.
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Energy, environmental groups spent big on advocacy in 2014 

Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Energy and environmental interests spent hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on federal lobbying last year. While Capitol Hill may have offered little in legislation to lobby on, the Obama administration proposed a number of controversial regulations that pitted powerful industries against each other in Washington. [ read more … ]

House bill would roll back RFS mandates 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 23, 2015

Republican legislation introduced this week in the House would significantly scale back the federal biofuel mandate. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) on Wednesday introduced H.R. 434, which would eliminate the 2007 expansion of the renewable fuel standard. Congress passed the first RFS into law in 2005, requiring that 2.78 percent of gasoline used in the United States be ethanol. Two years later, lawmakers expanded the RFS to call for 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022 through a combination of conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels. [ read more … ]

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