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NEWS UPDATE April 24, 2015

Senators tell EPA to heed 2007 law on RFS mandates 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

A bipartisan group of 37 senators urged U.S. EPA yesterday to set biofuel mandates that reflect the levels Congress intended when it wrote the renewable fuel standard into law in 2007. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators said the agency’s ultimately unsuccessful effort to lower fuel targets for 2014 “falls outside” the authority that Congress allowed through the 2007 RFS. [ read more … ]

Growing Chorus of Complaints on Chemicals in Gasoline

By DAVIS BURROUGHS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

In a post-Keystone world, what’s the next rallying point for environmentalists? Some say aromatics, the chemicals used in gasoline to boost performance. Aromatics are a base component of gasoline derived from crude oil. Refiners manipulate these substances – mainly mixtures of chemicals like benzene, toluene, and xylene – to increase the octane rating, a measure of how well the fuel actually works. Lead served this purpose in gasoline until 1995, when the Environmental Protection Agency banned the component because it is highly toxic and harmful to human health. Aromatics were the answer to make up for the drop in octane ratings. But 20 years later, some in the environmental and health communities are saying that aromatics are no better. “Aromatics in gasoline are the new lead,” said Carol Werner, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, a Washington-based group that advances policy solutions for clean and sustainable energy. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax could replace Obama’s climate rules, Democrat says 

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

Rep. John Delaney told an audience at a conservative think tank yesterday that he’s drafting a bill to tax carbon that could lead to the repeal of President Obama’s signature policy of regulating CO2 emissions at power plants. “I think it would inevitably lead to that,” the Maryland Democrat said. Delaney made his Earth Day announcement at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy shop that has made splashes in Republican circles, not all of them welcome, by hosting discussions about taxing carbon. [ read more … ]

Minnesota B10 lawsuit: Big Oil’s new, old angle

By Ron Kotrba, Biodiesel Magazine  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

It appears that Big Oil is pulling out all stops in a shotgun approach to get its way, and talking out of both sides of its mouth while doing so. On the one hand, it has argued for years that RFS is policy that doesn’t work and needs to be repealed. And on the other hand, it says in the latest lawsuit summary that the RFS is “an efficient and effective market-based credit program” of which the Minnesota mandate compromises the integrity. [ read more … ]

House bill aims to extend RVP waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

Bill Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, recently introduced legislation in the house that includes a provision to extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends with more than 10 percent ethanol. The bill is the House companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate in March by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. [ read more … ]

Inslee makes Earth Day pitch for climate change legislation

By Don Jenkins, Capital Press  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday renewed his call for climate change legislation, though Republican lawmakers continue to reject proposals to tax carbon and mandate biofuels as too costly for manufacturers and motorists, and potentially fatal to a transportation plan that depends on a gas tax increase. Speaking on Earth Day, Inslee said lawmakers have done “zero” for the environment this year. “An absolute goose egg,” he said. [ read more … ]

DuPont highlights cellulosic ethanol in first quarter results 

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 24, 2015

During an investor call, Ellen J. Kullman, chairman and CEO of DuPont, said the company is focused on creating new categories of renewably sourced biobased products, such as cellulosic ethanol, ag biologicals and industrial enzymes. “One notable example is Tide Coldwater Clean detergent, which is the first branded product to use cellulosic ethanol as an ingredient in a scalable commercial way,” she said. [ read more … ]

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