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Apr 10, 2013

US ethanol producers brace for biofuel mandate fight in Congress

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol producers are
taking their case for protecting the nation’s biofuel mandate
directly to lawmakers this week, as the latest Congressional
push to revamp federal renewable fuel targets kicks off on
Wednesday.

Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol trade group, said producers
from Illinois, Colorado, Iowa and other Midwestern states would
meet with their representatives in Congress to parry what they
called a “desperate” attempt by oil companies to stamp out
renewable fuel use.

Apr 8, 2013

Obama’s energy, environment picks face Senate grilling this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s picks to lead energy and environmental policy face scrutiny this week as Senate panels try to tease out details of the administration’s agenda, which had been maligned by Republicans and some Democrats during Obama’s first four years.

Both nominees are Massachusetts natives with Washington experience. Nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, Obama’s nominee for energy secretary, will appear before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday.

Apr 4, 2013

U.S. launches new “stop work” rules for safety on oil rigs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday laid out its latest requirements to enhance safety for offshore oil and gas drillers, as the government pushes companies to advance worker protections.

The new workplace safety rules build on a set of regulations implemented more than two years ago that mandated offshore operators submit detailed plans regarding their procedures for preventing worker accidents and other dangerous events.

Mar 21, 2013

Senate panel votes to advance Interior secretary nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate committee on Thursday approved Sally Jewell’s nomination to lead the Interior Department, after the Obama administration struck a last-minute deal with a Republican senator over the construction of an emergency road for a remote town in Alaska.

With a vote of 19 to 3 in favor, Jewell’s nomination will now move on for consideration by the full Senate.

Mar 21, 2013

U.S. lawmakers say ethanol mandate may hike gasoline price

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Two senior Republican
senators on Wednesday joined the oil industry in warning that
the U.S. ethanol mandate could push up gasoline prices for
consumers ahead of the summer driving season.

The ethanol mandate requires increasing volumes of biofuels
to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply each year through 2022.
Refiners buy credits, or RINs, from producers of renewable fuels
to comply with the federal targets.

Mar 20, 2013

Republicans warn ethanol mandate could drive surge in gasoline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior Republican senators on Wednesday joined the oil industry in warning the ethanol mandate could push up gasoline prices for consumers ahead of the summer driving season.

The ethanol mandate requires increasing volumes of biofuels to be blended into the fuel supply each year through 2022. Refiners buy credits, or RINs, from producers of renewable fuels to comply with the federal targets.

Mar 20, 2013

US Republicans ask EPA to rein in ethanol credit prices

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Two Republican senators on
Wednesday called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
act “decisively” to protect consumers from the rising cost of
ethanol credits refiners are required to buy to comply with the
nation’s biofuel mandates.

The cost of ethanol credits, or RINs, have surged in recent
weeks as concerns mount about ethanol supply shortages and the
looming risk of hitting a “blend wall” that will make it hard
for refiners to meet their biofuel blending obligations.

Mar 19, 2013

Republicans press US energy department on natgas exports

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department
said on Tuesday it is wading through nearly 200,000 comments
received in response to a report on the impact of natural gas
exports, as Republicans pushed for the government to move
“expeditiously” to consider the many pending export
applications.

Released in December, the department-sponsored report gave a
resounding endorsement of the economic benefits of exporting
liquefied natural gas, saying the more exports, the better.

Mar 19, 2013

U.S. Energy Dept still reviewing comments on natural gas exports

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department
will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that it is wading through nearly
200,000 comments it received in response to a report on the
impact of natural gas exports, as the debate over sending more
U.S. gas abroad continues.

Released in December, the department-sponsored report gave a
resounding endorsement of the economic benefits of exporting
liquefied natural gas, saying the more exports, the better.

Mar 18, 2013

Republican puts hold on EPA nominee; hearing set for Moniz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican senator from Missouri on Monday said he will place a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head up the Environmental Protection Agency until it moves forward with a project to repair a levee on the Mississippi River.

At the same time Senator Roy Blunt announced his move on the Gina McCarthy nomination as EPA administrator, a Senate energy committee hearing said it would consider nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz’s nomination to head the U.S. Energy Department.

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