As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate

Bloomberg July 27, 2016 By Jennifer Dlouhy Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat. More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and […]

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We don’t need more ethanol

Daily Sun News July 15, 2016 By Roger Harnack Motorists in Washington state are paying more for fuel than their peers in 45 other states. And if the Environmental Protection Agency has its way, we’re going to be paying even more next year. The agency already mandates that our gasoline supply include 10 percent ethanol. […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax

New York Times July 2, 2016 By Coral Davenport Hillary Clinton, courting young voters and the broader Democratic base, has promised to one-up President Obama on climate change, vowing to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, three years faster than Mr. Obama, while spending billions of dollars to transform […]

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Appeals Court Nixes $7.25B Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

ABC News Associated Press June 30, 2016 By Larry Neumeister A $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees was rejected Thursday by a federal appeals court, a ruling praised by a retail trade association as a victory for consumers. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Lawmakers line up to knock ethanol mandate

The Hill June 22, 2016 By Devin Henry Members of a House panel on Wednesday ramped up their criticism of the federal ethanol mandate. During an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, members asked a top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official to justify the Obama administration’s handling of the ethanol mandate, an implementation strategy that has […]

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Swipe fees and the ‘trash heap of history’

The Hill June 21, 2016 Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is determined to prevent politically toxic votes on the House floor. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) didn’t get the memo. Hensarling is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, with jurisdiction over laws governing the nation’s sprawling banking sector. He detests the Dodd-Frank law, enacted after government […]

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C-STORE CLOSES BECAUSE OF HIGH CARD FEES

NACS June 7, 2016 For years, the Quechee Mobil Mart has welcomed visitors to Woodstock, selling them gasoline, convenience store stapes and gifts. Sheryl Trainor has owned the business since 1995. But in mid-May, Quechee Mobil Mart locked its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy status—all because of the fees associated with accepting credit […]

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