A United Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on June 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

United Airlines investing $30 million in biofuels producer

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United said Tuesday that the investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. could provide it with up to 180 million gallons of fuel per year.
Erik Jones (54) drives past Regan Smith (7) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

For godfather of ethanol, a bet on Nascar with high stakes

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While the sponsorship has raised the profile of ethanol among race fans, it’s done little to quiet a decade-old debate about whether ethanol is a renewable-fuels godsend or a government-subsidized mistake.
Tom Haag checks the progress of this years corn crop which he expects to do well if we avoid September freezes, August 15, 2013, in Eden Valley, Minn. Haag, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association travelled to China with Governor Dayton last year and expects Chinese imports of U.S. grain to increase as more Chinese gain a higher standard of living. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

EPA to hear testimony from hundreds on renewable fuels plan

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The 2007 renewable fuels law was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in the overall amount of renewable fuels such as ethanol blended into gasoline over time.
Alan Sadler

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

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In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.
(Screengrab from Fuel America campaign advertisement "EPA's Choice, via Youtube)

Biofuel boosters to EPA: Get aggressive on renewable fuel targets

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Biofuel boosters are casting the Obama administration’s decision on renewable fuel quotas as a stark choice between American innovation and oil industry profits.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Koch lobbyist to senators: Don’t reform biofuel mandates. Repeal them.

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Philip Ellender, the president of Koch’s government affairs arm, is lobbying the Senate against a plan to reform the nation’s renewable fuel mandates in favor of repealing it altogether.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Advanced biofuel group breaks with traditional allies on federal mandates

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The makers of advanced biofuels created with algae, animal fat and non-edible plant materials on Wednesday broke with traditional corn-based ethanol producers to call for sweeping changes to the nation’s biofuels mandates.
Lamar University's diesel powered car during a press conference at city hall with Houston area high school and college teams entered in the 9th annual Shell Eco- marathon Americas which will take place in Detroit, Michigan Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Houston. Eco-marathon is a high school and college competition to create an energy efficient car.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Student teams rev their engines for Shell Eco-marathon in Motor City

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The Shell Eco-marathon is moving from Houston to Detroit this year, but the Anglo-Dutch oil major gave six Houston-area teams of college and high school students a send off at city hall Wednesday for competitors looking to create the most fuel-efficient vehicles.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, speaks during a news conference at the Iowa Choice Harvest in August 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Vilsack Q&A: Biofuels have a ‘bright’ future

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’

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California has been setting the pace for U.S. policy on climate change and greenhouse gases.