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NEWS UPDATE January 27, 2015

RFS Roundup: New Group Wants RFS to Take Center Stage in Iowa Caucus

Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted January 26, 2015

Speaking at a news conference on January 22, Governor Branstad (R-IA) commented about the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to both Iowa and the United States. The event marked the beginning of a new initiative, America’s Renewable. The group seeks to use the Iowa presidential caucus as an opportunity to educate presidential hopefuls and voters on the importance of the RFS to increasing the use of renewable fuels. Past primary candidates, such as Gov. Perry (R-TX), and Sen. Cruz (R-TX), have previously called for a repeal of the RFS. [ read more … ]

2016 Republican Hopefuls Court Range of Voters at Iowa Forum

By Reid Epstein, WSJ  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

The event came as Iowa’s top Republican officials spent the weekend making their quadrennial plea to would-be presidential candidates to spend as much time as possible stumping in the state. “They’ve got to come here often and really take it seriously and travel the state and meet the people and answer their questions and build an organization,” Gov. Terry Branstad said in an interview at his state Capitol office. “A lot of that is old-fashioned hard work.” [ read more … ]

First RFS Education Ad in Des Moines

By John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

After kicking off the new America’s Renewable Future campaign on Thursday last week, the first ads starting appearing in the Des Moines Register on Friday as potential Republican presidential candidates began to gather for the Iowa Freedom Summit. [ read more … ]

RFS a No-Show at Freedom Summit

By  Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

Just days after Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad kicked off a campaign to promote the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “candidate” in the 2016 presidential race, it was basically a no-show at the conservative Freedom Summit featuring many presidential hopefuls. Asked about the RFS in an interview with the Des Moines Register on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he would continue his opposition to the law as “a matter of principle.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Ethanol use is not a mandate

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

As presidential politics begin to encroach on the ethanol debate, everyone is better served to be dealing with facts. The Register, of all places, should know what the Renewable Fuel Standard is. It is a requirement for oil companies and others to make sure that some small portion of the products they sell be comprised of renewables. It is not, as the Register stated in the recent Ted Cruz article, “the federal mandate for blending corn-based ethanol into gasoline fuels” [ read more … ]

MIT Study Sees Bright Future for Cellulosic Ethanol

By: Kevin Adler, OPIS   •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

A new study published by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change finds that cellulosic ethanol production could contribute more than half of the bioenergy worldwide by 2050, if government incentives are enhanced and cellulosic fuels technology and biofuels crop productivity continue to advance. At the high end of the range of projections, biofuels would be nearly 40% of the worldwide transportation fuels pool in 2050, according to the report. [ read more … ]

The Latest on Biofuels and Land Use: Progress to Report, but Challenges Remain

By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

Carbon pollution caused indirectly by the increasing use of crops to produce biofuels has been a contentious topic for the last 7 years. In this post I look back at what we have learned since then about indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions, as this phenomena is generally called. The headline 7 years ago – that crop-based biofuels are far worse than fossil fuels – no longer holds. [ read more … ]

Bloomberg, Paulson and Steyer release bipartisan report on climate change risks to Midwest 

Benjamin Hulac, Niina Heikkinen and Daniel Cusick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

The Midwest is home to 1 in 5 Americans and an outsized manufacturing sector that consumes 20 percent more energy per dollar of economic output than the national average, the report found. The region is responsible for higher per-capita greenhouse gas emissions, too, emitting 22 percent more than the U.S. average. In a county-by-county perspective, the study compiled results on heat-related deaths, increased electricity demand, climbing energy costs, dipping labor output, dwindling crop yields and damage to transportation infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Inhofe calls for revamp of CAFE standards 

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

The existing framework of vehicle fuel efficiency standards is “broken” and needs congressional review, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said yesterday after meeting with General Motors lobbyists. In a news release, Inhofe touted a provision added to a recently enacted defense bill giving automakers the chance to earn credit toward meeting the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by making vehicles capable of running both on gasoline and natural gas. But Inhofe said the provision addressed only “a small portion of the inequality” in the program. [ read more … ]

In patent dispute, Supreme Court sides with startup

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2015

The Supreme Court sided with startup company Gevo Inc. in a lingering dispute over patents for technology related to the commercial development of an advanced biofuel, isobutanol.The justices vacated a federal appeals court ruling that last year upheld two patents belonging to Butamax, a BP PLC-DuPont Co. joint venture, in a lawsuit alleging that Gevo infringed on the patents. The case now goes back to the appeals court for reconsideration. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.