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NEWS UPDATE May 22, 2015

Schools Turn to Propane Buses as Stricter Emissions Standards Loom

By  DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

The number of alternative fuel fleet vehicles on the road has steadily increased in the last decades, reaching nearly 1.2 million in 2011 from 247,000 in 1995, according to the Department of Energy. Most run on ethanol, propane, compressed natural gas and electricity. Other fuels are increasingly in the mix, including liquefied natural gas for long-haul trucking and biomethane, derived from decomposing organic waste. This month, for instance, United Parcel Service announced an agreement to buy such renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, a company backed by T. Boone Pickens, for its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. Over all, the company has more than 2,500 vehicles that run on alternative fuels.
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Santa Barbara rupture prompts calls for more restrictions 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

Tuesday’s oil spill on the Southern California coast has sparked calls for more restrictions on drilling and an inquiry into the cause of the accident. A 24-inch pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline Co., ruptured Tuesday afternoon and released 105,000 barrels of crude oil, with about 21,000 gallons of that making its way to the ocean. The pipeline, which runs from a storage facility in Las Flores to Gaviota, about 180 miles up the coast, was last inspected two weeks ago, the company said. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) yesterday declared a state of emergency for the area in order to speed cleanup.
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Remarks by the President at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement

By The White House  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

“Across our military, our bases and ports are using more solar and wind, which helps save money that we can use to improve readiness. The Army is pursuing new, lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Air Force F-22 broke the sound barrier using biofuels. And the Navy runs an entire carrier strike group — the Green Fleet — with biofuels. Our Marines have deployed to Afghanistan with portable solar panels, lightening their load and reducing dangerous resupply missions. So fighting climate change and using energy wisely also makes our forces more nimble and more ready. And that’s something that should unite us as Americans. This cannot be subject to the usual politics and the usual rhetoric. When storms gather, we get ready.” [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry weighs in on API E0 claims 

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

Several ethanol trade associations have weighed in on recent announcements by the American Petroleum Institute regarding demand for E0 and the use of E10 in marine and small engines. On May 20, API held a joint press conference with the National Marine Manufacturers Association addressing E0 demand and urging the U.S. EPA to take small and marine engines into account when setting 2014, 2015, and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Senate advances fast-track bill 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

The Senate voted today to close debate on its fast-track trade bill, paving the way for a final vote that is expected to take place before the Memorial Day recess. The 62-38 vote ended a bipartisan filibuster and sent the trade promotion authority legislation to the floor for final passage. The Obama administration needs the measure, which would give Congress an up-or-down vote on trade deals without the ability to offer amendments, to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal with 11 Asian nations and a separate trade deal with Europe. [ read more … ]

Vatican reaches out to business community ahead of landmark encyclical 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2015

As Pope Francis prepares to release a high-profile encyclical on ecology and climate change, the Vatican appears to be softening its message to the world’s business community. Yesterday, the Vatican sponsored a conference exploring “how economic growth and sustainability can go hand in hand.” The goal of the event, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has played a major role in coordinating the rollout of the impending high-level papal teaching, was “to help business people recognize these new opportunities … it’s not going after business with a stick, but going after them with a carrot.” [ read more … ]

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