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In this Jan. 30, 2009 file photo, a Japan Air Lines staffer checks the biofuel-loaded No. 3 engine of Japan Airlines Boeing 747-300 before a demo flight at Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo. Using blend of 50 percent biofuel and 50 percent traditional Jet-A jet (kerosene) fuel, JAL conducted an hour-long demonstration flight. Many in the industry believe that without a replacement for jet fuel, growth in air travel could be threatened by forthcoming rules that limit global aircraft emissions. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

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As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines.
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.
(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.
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.
(AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Broad coalition takes aim at renewable fuel mandate

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The measure sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would preserve requirements for advanced cellulosic ethanol made from wood, grasses and other inedible plant material.
(AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Iowa ethanol lobby starts 2016 campaign to regain influence

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, backed by state corn-grower and renewable-fuels associations and the Washington-based biofuels lobby Growth Energy, on Thursday formed America’s Renewable Future, to make the Renewable Fuels Standard an issue in the 2016 race.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

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At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s most contentious programs.