A new Obama emissions play

Politico April 18, 2016 By Michael Grunwald The Obama administration has begun a quiet push to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by transportation projects, a new front in the president’s global fight to limit climate change. Administration officials told POLITICO they are about to propose rules that could force recipients of federal transportation dollars […]

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Big Corn finds unlikely allies in US biofuel push: carmakers and drivers

Reuters March 23, 2016 By Chris Prentice U.S. corn producers may have found two unlikely allies in their decade-long battle with big oil to get ethanol into the nation’s fuel stream: automobile manufacturers and American drivers. The auto industry’s slow, somewhat grudging acceptance of government policy on renewable fuels and bumper car sales will ultimately […]

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A decade later, RFS results are in

The Hill March 22, 2016 By John M DeCicco and Kelly Stone Energy researchers and anti-hunger advocates don’t often tackle the same policy issues, yet when it comes to Renewable Fuel Standard — which mandates that increasing volumes of ethanol be blended into the U.S. fuel supply — we find ourselves very much aligned on […]

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Gas pipeline explosions bring new US safety proposal

Houston Chronicle March 21, 2016 By Matthew Brown, Associated Press U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in a belated response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal […]

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Cheap oil, new pipelines end rail transport boom, EIA says

Fuel Fix Houston Chronicle March 14, 2016 By Robert Grattan Declining prices and extra pipeline capacity have shrunk U.S. crude by rail shipments, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The majority of the slowdown has come thanks to slowing shipments of oil from Midwest producers to the refineries of the Gulf […]

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