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    Oil company CEO, Senators asking questions about ethanol mandate, RIN rules
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    To paraphrase Valero Energy Company CEO Bill Klesse: Enough already on federal ethanol blend mandates! Klesse has joined efforts with Big Oil colleagues to push back on the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to bring E15 – a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent ...

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    Official: RFA: ethanol cuts gas prices by up to $1.50 a gallon
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    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is giving us up to 2.6 trillion reasons why blending ethanol with the US fuel supply are a good thing for the economy. Citing former Ford and Carter administration energy advisor Philip Verleger, the RFA estimates that gas would be between 50 cents and $1.50 ...

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    Study: Algae Biomass Organization says biofuels getting cleaner and cleaner
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    Algae-derived biofuel burns cleaner than petroleum fuels and is often less resource-intensive than first-generation biofuels. That's the conclusion the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) reaches from the first-ever study that analyzed results from an existing algae-to-energy demonstration scale ...

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    Official: The new, old Popemobile Renault 4 is biofuel ready
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    While it's not a Popemobile in the traditional, bubble-shaped sense, Pope Francis now has a car that is not only humble and non-ostentatious but also might go over well with an environmental activist. The pope was given a 1984 Renault 4 that can run on biofuel. Fr. Renzo Zocca gave the pope his ...

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    Official: Ethanol-heavy Brazil ready to shift focus to electric vehicles
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    Given that Brazilian regulators are scaling back the amount of ethanol in the country's fuel supply, the country is likely to see a substantial jump in its plug-in vehicle adoption during the next few years, according to UK-based research firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm believes Brazilians ...

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    Report: FTC will look into fuel pump fight between ethanol producers, Big Oil
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    Two US senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to find out if Big Oil is pulling strings to block gas stations from accessing gasoline blended with extra ethanol – or 15 percent ethanol (E15). Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D – MN) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – IA) said ...

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    Read This: How alternative energy makes for bad public policy
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    John DeCicco is starting to make a name for himself speaking out against green cars. In June, he said electric vehicles won't help much unless the energy well they tap is cleaned up. He's now back with an article in a Yale University publication called Environment 360 that we're guessing some ...

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    Report: Big Oil takes a stand against rise in 2014 biofuel mandate
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    Let's start by stating that even the EPA admits that the US may have hit the blend wall, the point where we just can't use any more biofuel, despite laws that require biofuel producers to keep on making it. In fact, when the agency announced the 2013 level for the Renewable Fuel Standards – ...

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    Report: Ohio gas station accidentally sells pure ethanol as gasoline
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    The US Department of Energy lists 91 stations in the state of Ohio that dispense an 85-percent ethanol blend (aka E85). Unfortunately, one unlisted station in the Buckeye State took the biofuel a step further earlier this week. The GetGo station in Brunswick, about 25 miles southwest of ...

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    Report: AAA says it's misquoted in E15 back-and-forth from Big Oil
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    AAA prides itself on its rapid response time for stranded motorists, but when it comes to taking a position on the brewing ethanol-gasoline blend issue, the group continues to say "wait a minute." In this case, AAA is accusing the American Petroleum Institute (API) of misstating AAA's position on ...

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    Report: Ethanol RIN credits have climbed 2,000% this year, but where do they go now?
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    Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) could be a fantastic deal for investors – if the 2013 trend continues. RINs, part of a federal mandate that requires fuel producers to either make or buy ethanol or to buy RIN ethanol credits, have shot up to $1.25 a gallon. That's a wee bit higher ...

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    Read This: California may change fast-swapping ZEV credit rules, could hurt Tesla
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    As Tesla Motors showed last month, it takes as little as 90 seconds to swap out a battery on a Model S electric vehicle. Unfortunately for the California-based automaker, it could take as little as 90 days for the state to shelve a law that made such battery-swapping capabilities a profitable ...

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    Read This: The history of biofuels goes back 300 years
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    While the history of electric vehicles has been getting a lot of play lately, biofuels have quite a story to tell as well. Hemmings Daily just featured a brief history overview that's full of surprises – one is that biofuels date back more than 300 years, well before any real internal ...

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    Report: Congress could lower alt-fuel requirements in new Open Fuel Standard Act
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    Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill that would require more and more new vehicles to be able ...

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    Report: Congress may change, or even repeal, 2007 ethanol mandate
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    The battle over selling a higher ethanol blend of gasoline in light-duty vehicle fuel is back in the headlines, as some members of Congress are now suggesting an overhaul of the 2007 ethanol mandate, the Detroit News says. Some Congresspeople are arguing that the ethanol mandate needs to be ...

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    Two Wheels: Ethanol group says motorcyclists protesting E15 is 'absurd' [w/video]
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    It's not quite the Hells Angels at Altamont, but another biker group is being accused of piling on, this time by ethanol advocates. Members of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby against the legalization of selling a 15-percent ethanol-gasoline ...

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    Official: 25-million-gallion cellulosic ethanol plant opening in early 2014
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    Cellulosic bio-ethanol is poised to see large scale production for the first time next year. Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is ready to start construction of a plant in early 2014 that will produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic bio-ethanol annually, later ramping up to 25 million gallons. ...

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    Study: RFA accuses Big Oil of 'far from factual' E15 test results
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    Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is adding to its campaign arsenal to block Big Oil from winning the E15 battle. This time it's going with debate tactics. Kristy Moore, vice president of technical services at RFA, posted on the association's blog a detailed list the "far from factual" items in ...

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    Report: Big Oil warns Supreme Court of 'broken-down cars and high repair bills' in E15 fight
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    The battle lines on the ethanol in the national gasoline supply debate are getting more and more defined, or at least more legal. The fight between the ethanol industry and Big Oil (represented by the American Petroleum Institute, an association of 500 oil and natural gas companies) has bee ...

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    Report: Florida repeals law requiring 10% ethanol blend in gasoline
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    It looks like ethanol – especially when blended into gasoline – is facing some pushback. Florida has decided to repeal its Renewable Fuel Standard, which had required all gasoline sold in the state to be blended with nine-to-10 percent ethanol or other alternative fuels. Florida ...

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