Merchants Disappointed by Court Ruling on Debit Swipe Fees

The New York Times April 1, 2014 By: Robb Mandelbaum More than 20 years ago, Tom Robinson, who owns a chain of gas stations in the San Francisco Bay Area, tested a new gizmo at one of his Rotten Robbie locations. “This was before you had multi-grade dispensers and card readers and all those cool […]

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Lawmakers Question EPA’s McCarthy on Renewable Fuel Standard

Farm Futures April 1, 2014 By: Janell Baum Following a hearing last week with a group of U.S. Representatives and Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy, lawmakers are seeking more information about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., sent a […]

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Biofuels Might Hold Back Progress Combating Climate Change

Scientific American Mar. 31, 2014 By: Tiffany Stecker and ClimateWire The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has for the first time acknowledged the risks of uncontrolled biofuels development, a skepticism that has slowly emerged into the mainstream scientific community, say academics. IPCC’s Working Group II report, released this morning in Yokohama, Japan, indicates that […]

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Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns

The Telegraph By Robert Mendick – March 23, 2014 The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol […]

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Court reverses ruling on swipe fees in favor of banks

The Washington Post By Danielle Douglas March 21, 2014 In a victory for the banking industry, a U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a district court decision that ordered the Federal Reserve to rewrite its rules governing fees that banks collect each time a debit card is swiped. The ruling reverses a July decision […]

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