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EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply. Now, The Detroit News reports that the agency has decided to accept reality: Supplies of that fuel... read more

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2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing

House Bill Demands Safety, Jobs Analysis Of Gas-Mileage Rules

Politics is at best a messy and adversarial process. Add in a presidential election and the currently polarized political mood, and anything at all done by government is... read more September 24, 2012 by  6


 
U.S. Capitol

Which Members Of Congress Drive Plug-In Electric Vehicles?

Last week, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that would allow the installation of electric-car charging stations in U.S. Capitol parking garages. That got us to... read more August 22, 2012 by  12


 
Ethanol infographic from coalition of livestock and poultry producers (crop)

Big Food Steps Up Fight Against Ethanol Mandate (Infographic)

Ethanol continues to be a political football, with the alcohol fuel coming under fire from the auto industry, environmental pressure groups, and others. The latest to line up... read more July 23, 2012 by  11


 
U.S. Capitol

Senate To Get Electric-Car Charging Stations (No Tax Dollars Used)

Electric-car charging stations may be coming to the U.S. Senate garage, under a bill passed yesterday on a bipartisan basis. But fear not, zealous guardians of the sacred... read more May 25, 2012 by  10


 
GM's military fuel cell fleet

Will U.S. Military's Biofuels Efforts Lose Funding In New Defense Bill?

Politics is never pretty, and the politics of alternative fuels seem even less so. Today, The Detroit News reports that the U.S. military's program to reduce its reliance on... read more May 24, 2012 by  1


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Ethanol Goals Passed By Congress Cannot Be Met: New Study

Ethanol has been problematic for several years now. Promoted as a way for the U.S. to grow its own vehicle fuel, the alcohol was so popular several years ago that Congress... read more May 3, 2012 by  6


 
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House Hearing On NHTSA, Volt Battery Fire Starts Wednesday

Often, timing is everything. So Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and his plans for Wednesday likely aren't helped by the NHTSA's decision last Friday to close its Volt battery-safety... read more January 23, 2012 by  4


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

Congress Actually Ends Taxpayer Funding Of Ethanol Subsidies

When the U.S. Congress adjourned for the holidays on Friday, December 23, its departure sealed the fate of subsidized ethanol production. During its session, the Congress did... read more December 27, 2011 by  17


 
Construction

Fuel Efficiency Hurts: Gas Tax Revenue Plummets, Roads Crumble

Cars with higher gas mileage pay less per mile in gasoline tax. And plug-in cars pay no gas tax at all. With far tougher fuel economy standards looming--34.1 mpg by 2016 and... read more November 14, 2011 by  2


 
U.S. Capitol

Who Hates High-Mileage Cars? Your Local Auto Dealers, That's Who

Sometime next month, the EPA and NHTSA will release final draft rules that increase corporate average fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Most--although not... read more November 1, 2011 by  7


 
Used car salesman

Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to... read more September 22, 2011 by  5


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

House Vote Blocks Gas With E15 Ethanol; Will Senate Follow?

The latest episode in the long-running drama over whether U.S. drivers will be offered gasoline with more ethanol in it came very early Saturday morning. The House of... read more February 22, 2011 by  6


 
Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik

Senate Energy Bill: $$$ for Natural-Gas Vehicles, EVs Get Less

If there's even a chance for the U.S. Congress to pass an energy bill this year, it's going to be a long and tortuous slog. But the first cut at legislation, introduced... read more July 28, 2010 by 


 
President Bill Clinton

Former President Clinton Suggests Cash For EVs

Though he's no longer in politics, former President Bill Clinton is still a busy guy. A week ago he was negotiating the release of reporters, Euna Lee and Laura Ling from... read more August 13, 2009 by  6


 
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Cashing In On Clunkers: Ford Faces Focus Famine

Now that Congress has voted another $2 billion in funding for the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers," the program's success... read more August 13, 2009 by 


 
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