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Franken: EPA may scale back renewable fuel production cuts 25.7.2014 Twincities.com: Business

Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production.

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Franken: EPA May Scale Back Renewable Fuel Cuts 25.7.2014 WCCO: National
E85, Ethanol, genericSen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.
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4 beach read lists for your summer vacation 25.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Daily Circuit producer Stephanie Curtis is heading to the beach for two weeks and shares a few ideas about what she, and you, might bring to read.
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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.
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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned 24.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and ...
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Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail 23.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year.[ID:nL2N0PY11N] The following is reaction to the proposed rules: American Petroleum Institute, whose more than 600 members produce, process and distribute oil and natural gas: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents,” API President and Chief Executive Jack Gerard said in a statement. U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with ...
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Solar Company Sungevity Raises $1.5 Million For Nonprofit Partners 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sungevity, Inc. , a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that they had reached a key milestone with their nonprofit partners. The company's partnership program, Sungevity.org , works with nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes while encouraging their members to choose Sungevity for their solar installations. Sungevity has now donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofits ranging from the Sierra Club and Save the Frogs to schools and science centers. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the company will announce Wednesday that it is making a $50,000 donation to their local food bank in California, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and adding them as a partner nonprofit. The ACCFB serves a sixth of Alameda County residents and distributes 450,000 meals worth of food every week. For each customer that installs solar with Sungevity, the company will donate to their nonprofit of choice. “Every home ...
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Court rules France responsible in toxic algae case 22.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
PARIS (AP) — A French court has found the state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach killed by toxic algae.
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In the Presence of Fluoride, Free Sc3+ Is Not a Good Predictor of Sc Bioaccumulation by Two Unicellular Algae: Possible Role of Fluoro-Complexes 21.7.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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California NEEDS dry farming! 18.7.2014 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Residents of California have been noting something disconcerting when they hit the grocery store this year: it's a terrible year for stone fruit. Despite the fact that it's the height of summer, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries and their ilk are much more expensive than unusual, and of much poorer quality, too. What's going on? The answer lies in the state's extreme drought, which wreaked havoc on numerous crops this year, including stone fruit. The state's agriculture may be undergoing some major shifts in the coming years thanks to climate change and natural shifts in rainfall levels, and it's not the only region looking at a drier future.
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Role of Lignin in Reducing Life-Cycle Carbon Emissions, Water Use, and Cost for United States Cellulosic Biofuels 17.7.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers 16.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. The dispute in Aurora, population about 4,400, brings into conflict two of the largest U.S. farm programs, one promoting sugar production and the other corn-based ethanol. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc, a privately held Illinois firm, is reaping profits producing ethanol with cheap sugar, thanks to a U.S. Agriculture Department subsidy of beet sugar. Local corn farmers, who benefit from a government rule that forces oil companies to blend ethanol into gasoline, say in court documents that Aventine's action violates an agreement to use their grain exclusively as a feedstock for the firm's recently reopened plant in ...
Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules 14.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
Oil train safety: Who's behind the influence game in Washington 14.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Train crashes trigger high-stakes campaign to shape safety rules for railroads 14.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping railroad safety rules 14.7.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping railroad safety rules 13.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety ...
INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping railroad safety rules 13.7.2014 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules....
Editorial: Why is the EPA stalling on ethanol? 12.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The rollback of a government mandate was promised Ethanol manufacturers have long maintained that government subsidies to their industry pay off for consumers in the form of lower gas prices. Not so fast. The Congressional Budget Office recently determined that the feds' ethanol targets will push gas prices ...
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Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae. 11.7.2014 Washington Post

About 16 months ago, a Florida-based biofuel company called Algenol noticed that its Internet service was slowing down. In checking that out, Jack Voth, Algenol’s information technology chief, stumbled on something odd: a telnet connection to its videoconference camera from an Internet Protocol address in China, a country where Algenol has never sought to do business.

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