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19Oil company CEO, Senators asking questions about ethanol mandate, RIN rules

To paraphrase Valero Energy Company CEO Bill Klesse: Enough already on federal ethanol blend mandates!

38Florida repeals law requiring 10% ethanol blend in gasoline

It looks like ethanol – especially when blended into gasoline – is facing some pushback. Florida has decided to repeal its Renewable Fuel Standard, which had required all gasoline sold in the state to be blended with nine-to-10 percent ethanol or other alternative fuels.

AddBig Oil to take EPA's ethanol blend law to Supreme Court

Big Oil's flagship trade association – the American Petroleum Institute – and eight other industry groups have filed with the US Supreme Court to stop higher blends of ethanol (specifically, 15 percent, or E15) from entering the US gasoline supply. They're asking the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court's ruling that they lack standing to legally challenge the US Environmental Protection Agency's waivers that gasoline with 15 percent ethanol can be sold in the US.

71U.S. ethanol output dips to lowest level in 2011

Blame it on a harvesting delay, but the fact still remains that U.S. ethanol output slipped by 3.4 percent – to 841,000 barrels a day – in late September, the lowest per-day output in 2011.

22Oil refiners file lawsuit to overturn EPA's E15 approval for 2001-2006 vehicles

While it's certainly not one of the flashiest legal disputes in the automotive industry, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of E15 (a fuel consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) has convinced the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), along with the International Liquid Terminals Association and the Western States Petroleum Association to file yet another lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals. This time around, the suit seeks to overturn the

17Over protests, E15 coming to U.S. pumps this summer

The scuffle over more ethanol in the fuel supply continues, but it looks like gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) will most likely flow out of at least one of the pumps at your local fueling station this summer. What this doesn't mean that E10 gasoline, which has been widely used throughout the U.S. for years, will vanish any time soon.

56Report: House votes 'overwhelmingly' to block E15 fuel

According to The Detroit News, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from moving toward a higher blend of ethanol in America's gasoline. Representatives voted 286-135 against allowing the EPA to issue a waiver that would allow gas stations to sell E15. Currently, fueling stations are only allowed to sell E10, which contains up to 10 percent of the biofuel. The new legislation would allow a 50-percent increase in the amount of ethanol sold in eac

1615 groups unite to try and stop the EPA from funding nationwide E15

The E15 saga continues with more than a dozen trade organizations uniting in an attempt to bar the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using federal money to cover costs of boosting the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.

29Super E10 hits fuel pumps in Germany

Starting January 1, 2011, German drivers were presented with the option to fuel up their vehicles with Super E10, a biofuel with 10 percent ethanol. Previously, German gas stations had only offered fuel with up to five percent ethanol content. The addition of Super E10 is part of nation's long-term plan to incrementally decrease its greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of achieving an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

23Vinod Khosla speaks out against corn ethanol subsidies

Venture capitalist and biofuel supporter Vinod Khosla wrote, "The time has now come for us to stop subsidizing corn ethanol" arguing that "subsidies should be a short-term, and not a permanent measure, used for five to seven years after a technology first starts scaling in order to allow it to transition down the cost curve until it can compete on its own merits." Khosla's column, titled "Time to Move On," appeared on the Green Tech Media site and outlined his belief that it's now time for corn

42EPA delays decision on E15 use in 2001-2006 model-year vehicles

When the EPA approved the use of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol content (E15) for model year 2007 and newer vehicles in mid-October, critics immediately chimed in with a wave of concerns. Some argued that drivers would have a difficult time discerning which fuel to pump into their vehicles, while other were concerned that insufficient testing had been conducted by the EPA and urged retailers to limit the sale of E15 to flex fuel vehicles only. For nearly two years, the E15 battle has w

3EPA delays decision on E15 use in 2001-2006 model-year vehicles

When the EPA approved the use of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol content (E15) for model year 2007 and newer vehicles in mid-October, critics immediately chimed in with a wave of concerns. Some argued that drivers would have a difficult time discerning which fuel to pump into their vehicles, while other critics were concerned that insufficient testing had been conducted by the EPA and urged retailers to limit the sale of E15 to flex fuel vehicles only. For nearly two years, the E15 batt

16Report: EPA sued by food and farm groups over E15 fuel approval

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of E15, a 15-percent ethanol and 85-percent gasoline blend, in vehicles from model year 2007 and newer. Now, nine food and farm groups, along with the American Petroleum Institute, are suing the EPA over this decision. According to the two lawsuits filed, the use of E15 in cars, SUVs and light trucks violates the Clean Air Act. API's Bob Greco says testing on the safety of E15 being conducted by Department of Energy and auto

44Report: EPA sued by food and farm groups over E15 fuel approval

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of E15, a 15-percent ethanol and 85-percent gasoline blend, in vehicles from model year 2007 and newer. Now, nine food and farm groups, along with the American Petroleum Institute, are suing the EPA over this decision. According to the two lawsuits filed, the use of E15 in cars, SUVs and light trucks violates the Clean Air Act. API's Bob Greco says testing on the safety of E15 being conducted by Department of Energy and automakers

18With E15 on the horizon, Valero, refiners are hesitant

The fight over the ethanol blend in the U.S.' gasoline continues to wage on, even after yesterday's EPA decision that E15 will be fine in post-2007 vehicles. Last month, a study commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) concluded that E15 would be just fine for older vehicles on the road, but refiners might still be reluctant to sell gasoline blended with higher concentrations of ethanol to the retail market. Who knew that changing the ethanol blend level from 10 to 15 percent would

33Ethanol raising hackles: fight over upping gas to E15 continues

The fight over upping the ethanol blend in America's gasoline continues with an entire series of salvos from the different camps. What's at stake is raising the amount of ethanol blended into the gasoline supply from a maximum of 10 percent today (making fuel known as E10) to either E12 or E15.

26Study: E15 ethanol blend will be fine for older (1994-2001) automobiles

Who knew a little bit of biofuel could be so contentious? The brouhaha over changing the national ethanol blend level from 10 percent to 15 (so, going from E10 to E15) has brought out the knives, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) saying the EPA's delay is a dereliction of duty while others are calling for even more delay testing. Today, a new study commissioned by the RFA and conducted by Ricardo might douse some of those fires – more likely, though, given the history, it'll just

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