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NEWS UPDATE March 23, 2015

Producers tell judges that EPA rule is ‘impossible’ 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 21, 2015

A coalition of ethanol producers today sought to convince a federal appeals court that U.S. EPA’s rules for curbing sulfur in gasoline are “logically impossible to satisfy.” The Energy Future Coalition and eight ethanol producers say the rules create a Catch-22: EPA seeks higher blends of alternative fuels to be used in the market while at the same time restricting the test fuels that new cars are required to use for certification to lower blends. At oral arguments today, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit raised questions about EPA’s contention that the ethanol producers lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit. The judges also questioned whether EPA’s requirement would actually alter long-standing practices at the agency and appeared to side with the agency that it had the discretionary authority to consider commercial availability when approving test fuels. [ read more … ]

API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays

By By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

On March 18, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Conservative groups push for RFS repeal 

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

A coalition of right-leaning groups today urged members of Congress to support repeal of the renewable fuel standard. In a letter to each House office, the groups called on members to co-sponsor legislation introduced earlier this year by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would eliminate the RFS. The organizations said that the RFS program was “irretrievably broken.” [ read more … ]

Ethanol debate could come to a head in Washington this year

By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

The ethanol and oil industries have dug in for what could be a pivotal year for the future of the renewable fuel mandate in Washington, with the victor poised to add jobs and reap millions in profits at the expense of their bitter rival [ read more … ]

Navy program shows how to achieve carbon cuts — Obama adviser 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

Brian Deese, President Obama’s new senior adviser on climate change, praised the Navy’s biofuels initiative as an example of an innovative way to reduce federal greenhouse gas emissions in light of the executive order Obama signed yesterday to lower the government’s carbon footprint.The order commits the federal government to reduce carbon dioxide output by 21 million metric tons by 2025, a 40 percent cut from 2008 levels. [ read more … ]

EESI Cheers Lowering Ozone Levels, But Asks EPA to Broaden the Scope

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

Today, there are two available sources of octane for vehicles – gasoline aromatics, or biofuels. Increasing the amount of aromatics would increase tailpipe emissions of ozone precursors and other air toxics. Conversely, biofuels are both a cheaper and cleaner form of octane. Splash blending of ethanol has already allowed refineries to reduce the amount of aromatics in the gasoline supply, therefore lowering their contribution to tailpipe emissions. [ read more … ]

The RFS Is Not Corporate Welfare: Response to WSJ Editorial

By Isaac Randall, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

The ethanol companies in South Dakota where I grew up are almost exclusively member-owned by local farmers. Feel free to pick on the local communities of the Midwest which have vastly benefited from ethanol’s footprint in the past year. The winners and stakeholders have been the local communities and farmers who finally moved on to make a decent living. [ read more … ]

Matt Wald Former New York Times reporter heads to nuclear group 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 23, 2015

Former New York Times reporter Matthew Wald is joining the Nuclear Energy Institute next month to serve as senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning.
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