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NEWS UPDATE April 2, 2012

Harkin bill would reauthorize and fund imperiled rural energy programs

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 2, 2012

The senator who introduced the first energy title to the nation’s agriculture policy in 2002 unveiled legislation yesterday that attempts to rescue those programs by making their funding mandatory. Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin’s bill would provide $1.275 billion in mandatory funding for rural energy programs over the next five years. The programs currently have no funding baseline after the 2008 farm bill expires in September. [ read more … ]

API protests ‘unrealistic mandate’ for cellulosic ethanol

  •  The Wichita Eagle  •  Posted April 2, 2012

The American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit Monday in Washington D.C. challenging the EPA’s mandate for oil companies to the buy 8.65 million gallons of ethanol made from cellulosic materials and blend it into their gasoline for retail sale. Oil companies say there isn’t nearly enough cellulosic ethanol being made, forcing them to bid up the price — or just violate the law. [ read more … ]

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