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Proposed House Farm Bill Falls Short in Properly Underpinning 21st Century Agriculture – updated

Editor’s Note: This update of our blog clarifies the amounts and conservation program targets of funding reductions called for in the House farm bill legislation. As U.S. agriculture makes its way well into the 21st century, the sector finds itself … Continue reading

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Reports Underscore Role of Biofuels in Future High-Performance, Low-Carbon Engines

Ethanol advocates and industry leaders received good news last week when DOE officials unveiled two studies, one identifying high-octane blendstocks that could be blended into gasoline for better performance, and the other outlining a new mathematical equation that quantifies the … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Stakeholders Need to Keep Lawmakers Honest on Budget

There’s something unfortunately familiar about the fiscal 2019 budget proposal released by the White House this week: It bears the same draconian cuts to clean energy programs the Trump administration sought last year. The proposal makes even clearer the Trump … Continue reading

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USDA Farm Bill 'Principles' Fall Short by Omitting Energy Programs

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue laid out USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018. USDA would like to see Congress address and adopt their list of priorities in 2018 as lawmakers deliberate over the five-year measure to guide … Continue reading

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FERC Rejection of Perry ‘Resiliency’ Proposal Renews Focus on Value of Renewables

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached the right conclusion this week in rejecting a DOE proposal to essentially subsidize money-losing coal-fueled and nuclear power plants. The five-member panel also rendered its decision forcefully, voting unanimously in finding existing market … Continue reading

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Congress Needs to Restore Tax Breaks for ‘Orphan’ Renewables

As Congress ratchets up its ongoing budget battles – the continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires Jan. 19 – clean energy advocates of all stripes must hold lawmakers to their longstanding promises to renew tax credits for … Continue reading

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Dropping Climate Threats from National Security Strategy Is Nonsensical

On Monday this week, the White House released a new National Security Strategy, a statutorily mandated document that outlines for the American public, U.S. allies and partners, as well as the federal agencies, what the nation’s major security concerns are, … Continue reading

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Senate Needs Assurances that CEQ Nominee Will Support Renewable Energy

The nomination of Kathleen Hartnett-White as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) comes to a critical stage in the Senate this week, and lawmakers would do well to get her commitment – before she is confirmed … Continue reading

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Facing Challenges in DC, Renewable Energy Stakeholders Turn to States

Renewable energy advocates and stakeholders have found the current environment in Washington, DC, to be quite challenging, as it is increasingly complicated by the Trump administration’s moves to bolster fossil fuel technologies, while simultaneously attempting to diminish the benefits of … Continue reading

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25x'25 Comments Call on EPA to Advance High Octane Fuels with Ethanol

The deadline is fast approaching for submitting comments to EPA on their Reconsideration of the Final Determination of Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year 2022-25 cars and light trucks. The 25x’25 Alliance is offering input … Continue reading

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