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NEWS UPDATE March 24, 2015

Truckers, fuel manufacturers sue to stop Oregon’s clean fuels law

By Wendy Culverwell, Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

A coalition of fuel manufacturers and truck drivers is suing to stop Oregon’s Clean Fuels law, which aims to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in 10 years. A suit filed Monday calls the law “unconstitutional”. An unhappy coalition of out-of-state fuel manufacturers and truckers is seeking an injunction to prevent Oregon’s new Clean Fuels law from taking effect, saying it violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and gives Oregon biofuels manufacturers an unfair advantage. [ read more … ]

Oil Industry Challenge To Oregon LCFS Targets Rule Approval Process

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

In general, WSPA opposes the Oregon LCFS because the organization believes that there will not be an adequate supply of low-carbon biofuels to meet the standard’s compliance requirements. WSPA has for the same reason long opposed California’s LCFS, which requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel by the end of 2020, based on a 2010 baseline. [ read more … ]

Obama schooled on algae, honeybees at science fair 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

“I am creating an energy infrastructure for the nation based on algae,” said Sánchez-Maes. “We create more energy than we take, which is the first time that’s really been demonstrated.” Nye exclaimed, “That sounds like a violation of the second law of thermodynamics, young woman! What do you mean you create more energy than you take in?” [ read more … ]

National labs ‘choked’ by bureaucracy — Moniz advisers 

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

Administrative requirements and bureaucracy are “choking” the Energy Department’s national laboratories, according to a draft report from the secretary of Energy’s advisory team.
The structure for DOE oversight of the 17 national laboratories is unclear and involves six different offices, resulting in duplicative authorizations and reporting requirements, among other bureaucratic quagmires. The setup is wasting resources, building distrust and causing inefficiency at the labs, according to the draft report. [ read more … ]

Go to E85prices.com and get involved 

By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

E85vehicles.com offers consumers a way to find out what options they have if they want to purchase a new or used flex-fuel vehicle. It also helps drivers identify if they already own an FFV. Finally, it includes an online forum that’s quite popular already and RFA hopes to introduce to even more people. “It has nearly 2,000 registered users talking about all things ethanol,” White said. “There are racing discussions, conversions, state laws and regs, new station development, FFVs and more. We encourage all interested parties to participate and grow the numbers participating and information shared.” [ read more … ]

Boston Globe wrong to oppose ethanol subsidies

By Bob Dinneen, RFA, Boston Globe Letters  •    •  Posted March 24, 2015

By any measure, the RFS has been an unmitigated success. The oil company canard repeated by the Globe, that ethanol has increased food prices, is belied by the facts. Corn is less expensive today than when the RFS was enacted. Farmers responded to increased demand with increased production driven by higher yields per acre. The UN has noted food prices are driven by energy costs, not grain prices, as only 17 cents of every $1 is returned to the farmer. The Globe is also wrong in declaring ethanol more expensive than gasoline. Ethanol today, and for most of the time the RFS has been in place, is cheaper than gasoline at wholesale. [ read more … ]

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