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Ethanol Remains Hot Political Topic In Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker clarifies his position on the Renewable Fuels Standard, which he categorically opposed as governor of Wisconsin.

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POET, the second-largest ethanol producer in the US, touts its economic impact on the economy in supporting 39,978 full-time jobs and adding $5.4B to US GDP.

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Research is suggesting that the proposed reduction to the ethanol level in the Renewable Fuel Standard would be like nearly a million more cars on the road for a year.

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Fuels America, Poet, VoteVets Rally The Troops

Pro-ethanol groups have delivered over 250,000 signatures to the EPA asking for a strong final rule in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Senators Want The EPA To Up The Amount Of The Biofuel In The RFS

A group of 36 Senators are pushing for the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the proposed volume of biodiesel under the revised Renewable Fuel Standard.

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RFS Update Would Drop Ethanol Level By 4B Gallons This Year

A proposal from the Obama administration would lower the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard level to the amount actually used last year, and goes up from there.

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is in favor of removing $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies and using the money to support ethanol. He also suggests a 30 percent ethanol blend in fuel.

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The RFS Has Rules, But EPA Might Not Be Enforcing Them

A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that millions of acres of crops might be contributing to the country's ethanol supply, while being in violation of the rules under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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Democratic Hopeful Called 'Extremely Receptive' On Renewable Fuels

Hillary Clinton was reportedly 'extremely receptive' when asked about biofuels in a private meeting with ethanol supporters.

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Settlement Reached Between Government Agency, Biofuel Producers

Two biofuel producers – AFI and AFPM – filed a lawsuit earlier this year to get the EPA to make a decision about the 2014 RFS. Today, the EPA said it will decide by the end of November, 2015.

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House Bill 2373 Would Put Biofuel Blend Out To Dry

Members of the Oregon House of Representatives are proposing a bill to repeal the state's mandate to use a 10-percent ethanol mix in gasoline.

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With the 2016 US presidential election already getting rolling, the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard could play role in farming-intense states. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a supporter of the mandate, thinks candidates who don't support the RFS could be at a disadvantage there for the very important caucuses.

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The federal government mandates that a certain amount of ethanol be blended with gasoline. The price of corn-based ethanol hasn't been affected by the same anchor-drop in price as petroleum fuel, however, and along with that, the complicated mechanics of its pricing and trade are said to be what is keeping the price of gas from falling even further.

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Biofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will be "significantly delayed."

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Fuels America To Obama: 'It's Not Too Late To Fix This'

November's coming up, so that must mean some election-season lobbying is on the way. One of the subjects being debated in the US right now is the how much renewable fuel must be included in the US gas supply. And advocates are already taking to the digital airwaves to make their point.

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As is its job, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continues to bang the drum of what it says is a stacked deck against alternative fuels like ethanol. Earlier this month it took on Big Oil. Now, it's the US Department of Energy (DOE). Go big or go home, huh?

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Earlier, we mentioned the Renewable Fuels Association's report that most major oil companies are blocking the ethanol blends E15 and E85 from their gas stations. According to the RFA, "Distribution contracts routinely include provisions that make it difficult, needlessly expensive, or simply impossible for a retailer to offer consumers choices like E15 or E85." The report has the attention of two senators who want the Federal Trade Commission to look into the matter of Big Oil engaging in anti-c

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Like a tractor harvesting an Iowa cornfield, biofuel advocates aren't using a ton of subtlety in their approach to take down Big Oil. The coalition Fuels America used April 22, i.e. Earth Day, to kick off a campaign for higher renewable fuel mandates. And, while that corn field may be a lovely shade of maize, the advocates are talking green, as in the money oil companies are pulling out of Americans' pocketbooks by insisting on reuced use of biofuels.

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Many automakers are already and quietly ready for E15.

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A public meeting room was packed recently as the US Environmental Protection listened to comments about its recent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) decision. About 300 people packed the room, and the two sides were clearly marked. Some people were biofuel producers or Iowa farmers wearing "Don't Mess with RFS" buttons; others wore "Save my Engine" t-shirts handed out by Energy Citizens, a group funded by American Petroleum Institute.

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Ethanol supporters say they're digging in their heels and will do whatever they can to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse a recent proposal to reduce the minimum levels of ethanol required in the domestic fuel supply, the Des Moines Register says.

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