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NEWS UPDATE June 10, 2015

Ag Secretary Vilsack pushes for high blends of ethanol

By Russell Hubbard, Omaha World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted June 10, 2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday that his agency has initiated a $100 million federal grant program to encourage installation of gas station fuel pumps capable of dispensing blends made with a greater percentage of ethanol. In late May, the Department of Agriculture said its Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership has budgeted $100 million in matching funds for states willing to invest their own money in incentives to encourage the retail sale of higher ethanol blends, such as the E15 and E85 varieties that contain 15 percent and 85 percent ethanol.
“We have to figure out ways to get more E85 and E15 access,” Vilsack said in an interview. “This could expand the number of service-station pumps by 10,000 or more.” [ read more … ]

Most Americans unaware of ethanol content in gasoline — poll

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 10, 2015

The vast majority of gasoline sold at gas stations today contains about 10 percent ethanol, though U.S. EPA has approved a 15 percent ethanol blend for cars with model years 2001 and newer. Higher blends are also available for flex-fuel vehicles. [ read more … ]

Comment: National security depends on White House continued support for biofuels

By Mass. State Rep. Hank Naughton, The Hill  •    •  Posted June 10, 2015

In a recent speech to the graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, President Barack Obama said: “Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security…and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act — and we need to act now.” As someone who has dedicated his life over the last decade to the defense of the United States, I could not agree more. This is why the Obama administration’s recent actions impacting our national commitment to renewable biofuels are perplexing; particularly, today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that will give oil companies the ability to dramatically undermine our nation’s ability to reduce our addiction to petroleum. [ read more … ]

Editorial: The Case for a Carbon Tax

By New York Times Editorial Board  •    •  Posted June 10, 2015

A carbon tax would raise the price of fossil fuels, with more taxes collected on fuels that generate more emissions, like coal. This tax would reduce demand for high-carbon emission fuels and increase demand for lower-emisson fuels like natural gas. Renewable sources like solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectric would face lower taxes or no taxes. To be effective, the tax should also be applied to imported goods from countries that do not assess a similar levy on the use of fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

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