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    Report: Republican control of Congress could affect US biofuel policy, Uber and Lyft
    To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear 1415664120

    Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we ...

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    Official: Ethanol fuels political debate in November election
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    November's coming up, so that must mean some election-season lobbying is on the way. One of the subjects being debated in the US right now is the how much renewable fuel must be included in the US gas supply. And advocates are already taking to the digital airwaves to make their point. This ...

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    Official: RFA tells DOE to get with the E85 program already
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    As is its job, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continues to bang the drum of what it says is a stacked deck against alternative fuels like ethanol. Earlier this month it took on Big Oil. Now, it's the US Department of Energy (DOE). Go big or go home, huh? The RFA is accusing the DOE of ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Control Tesla Model S from your wrist, NASCAR's E15 milestone
    More Toyota Hybrid Battery Production; Pennsylvania Keeps Incentives 1406570160

    Tesla Model S owners can now control their car with Android Wear. A new, free app for the Android wrist devices, called Tesla Command, allows the user to control car functions such as the locks, horn, and sunroof from outside the vehicle. The developer promises more features are coming soon. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG to power 200-mile EV, Formula E Buenos Aires track revealed
    Volvo, ABB Fast-Charging Buses; Brazilian Ethanol Gets Corny 1405979820

    Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's ...

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    Report: US senators want to know if oil companies are blocking ethanol
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    Earlier, we mentioned the Renewable Fuels Association's report that most major oil companies are blocking the ethanol blends E15 and E85 from their gas stations. According to the RFA, "Distribution contracts routinely include provisions that make it difficult, needlessly expensive, or simply ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Big Oil fails at renewable fuel, scientists study air with EVs, plug-in Panamera sales
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    Big Oil companies help keep renewable fuels out of your tank, a new report shows. No surprise there, right? The Renewable Fuels Association published a report card grading the country's largest retail gasoline chains on fuel offerings like E85 and E15. The report gave failing grades, with less ...

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    Report: Brazilian experts call anti-ethanol study "misleading"
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    Arguing over the pros and cons of using ethanol as a transportation fuel isn't just an American thing. The Brazilians are going at it, too. We will translate. A recent report from Nature Geoscience suggested that using more ethanol in light-duty vehicle transportation increases local smog ...

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    Official: Missouri becomes 13th state to offer E15
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    At the end of the month, Missouri will begin to allow the sale of the controversial E15 fuel. Currently, most available gasoline is sold as a blend with up to 10 percent ethanol. Missouri will become the 13th state to approve the 15-percent ethanol blend to be sold at the pump. E15 proponents ...

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    Report: Brazil tests suggest more ethanol means more local smog
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    One recent report from Nature Geoscience will have ethanol advocates convinced that Big Oil's political influence goes far beyond the reach of US borders. That publication, according to Nebraska's Grand Island Independent, says that greater use of ethanol as a light-duty vehicle fuel actually ...

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    Official: AMA points to EPA document to prove ethanol damages small engines
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    The fight over converting the national supply of gasoline from a maximum 10-percent ethanol blend (known as E10) to E15 have quieted down somewhat when it comes to passenger cars. For other applications - like "motorcycles and nonroad products" - the struggle continues. Enter, once again, the ...

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    Official: DOE offers $10M to advance biomass-to-biofuel efforts
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    The Department of Energy has made it clear that it favors a technology-somewhat-neutral, "all-of-the-above" strategy for developing energy alternatives for the US, as the new Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (PDF) states. What this looks like in the real world is another $10 million for "Technologies to ...

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    Official: E85 availability increasing across US, especially outside Midwest
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    E85. It's not just for flyover states anymore. That could be the newest slogan of the 85-percent ethanol blend now that the biofuel is proliferating in areas other than the Midwestern corn-growing states. The Midwest's share of E85 stations fell to 36 percent last year, down from 54 percent ...

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    Official: Look Before You Pump warnings popping up at ethanol stations
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    Some of the largest retailers in the US are trying to inject either a little good sense or paranoia into part of their customer base. Lowe's, Walmart and True Value are putting out written warnings about the dangers of filling up non-light-duty-vehicle engines with fuel that contains a higher ...

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    Official: Vets group says EPA should stand up to Big Oil, stand up for US military
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    Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for the US Environmental Protection Agency to issue its final ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 110,000 signatures were collected by the group VoteVets.org (often politically active on energy issues), which delivered its petition with ...

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    Read This: Over 11,000 comments filed on EPA's ethanol rules; White House also involved
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    In late 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed – for the first time ever – a slight slacking of the 2014 renewable fuel standard. The reason was that the US is coming up on the 'blend wall,' the overall level of ethanol in the national gasoline supply where adding ...

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    Ford finds flex-fuel engine design plays big role in emissions output
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    How bad is ethanol for your engine? There's been a lot of debate on this issue as the US considers upping the biofuel content in the national gasoline supply from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The ethanol industry and some scientists say higher ethanol blends show no "meaningful ...

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    Report: This could be the year US says goodbye to ethanol mandate
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    The boxing match between ethanol supporters and opponents is heading into the final round, and it's looking like ethanol could go down pretty hard. The US Environmental Protection Agency's 60-day public comment period for its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) policy changes – which ...

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    Report: For 2014, many automakers already prepared for E15
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    Many automakers are already and quietly ready for E15. 2014 should be – again – an interesting year for the US ethanol industry. The big fight, obviously, continues over E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) and a general increase in the amount of the biofuel ...

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    Study: Higher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study
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    In the simplest terms, when higher-ethanol blend fuels spill, they can make buildings go boom. And the study that says this was funded, in part, by Chevron and Shell as well as the American Petroleum Institute, while the report was generated by Rice University in Houston. All clear on the ...

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