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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ethanol joins U.S. fuels dominating global export market

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Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers.
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Refiners to Obama: Keep renewable fuel quotas down

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Refiners warned the administration that if it gives in to Corn Belt demands for higher mandates, it could cause gasoline prices to spike.
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Ethanol companies raided in EU benchmarks antitrust case

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The European Union rekindled a probe into possible rigging of fuel-price benchmarks, raiding ethanol companies in the bloc 17 months after officials inspected three oil producers and industry publisher Platts.
An ethanol plant stands next to a cornfield near Nevada, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Oil industry accuses administration of political motive in ethanol rules

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The administration has yet to finalize the long-delayed 2014 biofuels proposals, but the American Petroleum Institute said Thursday the government may raise the ethanol requirements beyond previous predictions to help a Democrat locked in a closely matched U.S. Senate race in Iowa.