RFS props big ethanol, hinders small businesses

The Hill By Charlie Drevna July 25, 2014 There’s no way around it: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — the policy touted in The Hill by Sens. Grassley and Klobucharl as a cure-all for the nation’s energy woes — is actually a burden to consumers, their vehicles and the businesses trying to sell fuels the […]

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U.S. Proposes Faster Changes in Oil Trains

The New York Times By JAD MOUAWAD JULY 23, 2014 Federal regulators said on Wednesday that they would require railroads and oil shippers to use stronger tank cars to transport crude oil within two years. The new rules lay out a speedier timetable than initially expected to phase out old cars in response to a […]

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Visa, MasterCard lose ruling vs retailers over credit card fees

Reuters July 18, 2014 – By Andrew Longstreth A federal judge declined on Friday to dismiss antitrust lawsuits filed against Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc by retailers who opted out of an estimated $5.7 billion class action settlement in 2012 over transaction fees. Retailers such as Target Corp and Amazon.com Inc have accused Visa and […]

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New congressional caucus aims to boost refiners

Fuel Fix July 9, 2014 By Jennifer A. Dlouhy Refiners fighting against biofuel mandates, environmental regulations and changes in U.S. export policy have new allies on Capitol Hill, with the launch Wednesday of a formal congressional caucus dedicated to the industry. So far, 25 lawmakers have joined the Congressional Refinery Caucus, formed to highlight the […]

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Industry, schools partnering to train oil field workers

Fuel Fix July 8, 2014 Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas, which sits on top of the Marcellus Shale in New Milford, Pa., has a curriculum shaped by the companies that are drilling all around it. It is among the educational programs popping up in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota that aim to […]

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California Fuel Standard Dispute Rejected by High Court

Bloomberg June 30, 2014 By Laurie Asseo The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped a dispute over whether California’s low-carbon fuel standard discriminates against out-of-state ethanol producers. The court let stand a federal appeals court ruling that rejected claims the standard was unfair to Midwest ethanol producers and amounted to an illegal regulation of business outside California. […]

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