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NEWS UPDATE April 21, 2015

New ads raise BP oil spill, target presidential hopefuls in Iowa

By REENA FLORES, CBS NEWS  •    •  Posted April 21, 2015

On the fifth anniversary of BP’s massive oil spill along the Gulf coast, progressive advocacy group Americans United for Change (AUFC) is targeting presidential hopefuls in Iowa — purchasing several local and cable television spots to promote a renewable fuel agenda. [ read more … ]

Progressive group pushes ethanol on Gulf oil spill anniversary

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 21, 2015

Americans United For Change has launched a six-figure ad campaign in the Midwest, promoting the federal ethanol mandate in Des Moines, Iowa, and warning that efforts to repeal it could result in more incidents like the Deepwater Horizon spill. The oil drilling rig exploded five years ago Monday, killing 11 and eventually spilling 3.19 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The ad is meant to target Republican presidential candidates — some of whom are wary about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — in the state that produces the most ethanol and hosts the nation’s first presidential caucuses. [ read more … ]

Liberal groups storm API lobby, air anti-industry ads to mark anniversary 

Jennifer Yachnin and Nick Juliano, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted April 21, 2015

Liberal groups used today’s five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to attack the oil industry’s lobbying arm over the airwaves and in person. Americans United for Change launched a new ad campaign calling out the oil industry for subsequent accidents following the Gulf of Mexico spill and promoting the renewable fuel standard. The group also launched a new website,, that aims to serve as a clearinghouse for local news reports on oil spills and related incidents. [ read more … ]

Iowa bill aims to create tax credit for renewable chemicals 

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 21, 2015

Legislation pending in Iowa aims to create a renewable chemical production tax credit. The legislation, SF 350, was introduced in March and is currently awaiting review in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. According to the text of the legislation, eligible renewable chemicals producers would be able to claim a production tax credit of 5 cents per pound. An eligible business that has been operation in Iowa for five years or less would could claim a maximum tax credit of $1 million. For eligible businesses in operation in the state for more than five years, the maximum tax credit would be set at $500,000. The legislation specifies no more than $15 million would be allocated to the incentive program in each fiscal year. [ read more … ]

Iowa Gov, Lt Gov to Tour Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

by John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted April 21, 2015

Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) and Syngenta will host Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for a tour of the cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva, Iowa, Tuesday, April 21. The QCCP plant is the first commercial cellulosic ethanol production in the state. [ read more … ]

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