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NEWS UPDATE March 25, 2015

RFS supporters launch Capitol Hill lobbying blitz 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 25, 2015

Ethanol producers and their backers are hitting Capitol Hill today and tomorrow to rally support for the renewable fuel standard. According to the American Coalition for Ethanol, which is hosting the fly-in, more than 70 ethanol supporters are in town to meet with lawmakers and congressional staff over the two days. ACE said that the group had scheduled nearly 160 meetings with offices representing 43 states [ read more … ]

Petroleum, trucking groups sue Ore. officials over clean fuel rule 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 25, 2015

The petroleum refining industry’s main lobbying group filed suit yesterday against Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard, alleging that it violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against out-of-state fuels. American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers was joined by the American Trucking Associations and the Consumer Energy Alliance in the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. [ read more … ]

Americans Drove More Than 3 Trillion Miles Last Year

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 25, 2015

Travel will rise this year to potentially top the 2007 peak of 3.03 trillion miles, Alan Pisarski, a transportation analyst who has advised states from Virginia to Arizona, said by phone from Lake Barcroft, Virginia, March 17. “I would’ve said that even without gasoline prices dropping, but that makes it all the more certain.” [ read more … ]

Proposed EPA data collection could again delay RFS: analyst

By Platts  •    •  Posted March 25, 2015

On Tuesday, the EPA published a notice outlining information it plans to collect from biofuel producers “to aid in determining the annual volume standards.” This information collection, which would need approval from the White House, would also include information collection from some ethanol producers and importers in order to “standardize collection of selected data point and allow better and more efficient compliance with the RFS program,” the notice states. [ read more … ]

BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group

By Reuters  •    •  Posted March 25, 2015

Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change. “We have determined that we can effectively pursue policy matters of current interest to BP without renewing our membership in ALEC,” a spokesman said. BP was the second large oil company to drop support of the group after Occidental Petroleum cut ties last year. [ read more … ]

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