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An ethanol plant stands next to a cornfield near Nevada, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

EPA boosts next year’s biofuel targets above 18 billion gallons

The law, designed to shrink the nation’s dependence on foreign crude and curb greenhouse-gas emissions, has pitted oil companies against farmers in the corn-rich Midwest.
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Fight over ethanol quotas heats up as U.S. nears final decision

Representatives of the oil industry’s biggest trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, were scheduled to meet with White House officials Friday to argue that ethanol quotas should be kept below the current 10 percent threshold acceptable for use in all cars and trucks.

Train cars lie overturned outside of Alma, Wis. after derailing on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. BNSF Railway said multiple tanker cars leaked ethanol into the Mississippi River on Saturday. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

2nd train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil

Federal investigators and hazardous material specialists are on their way to the scene, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a tweet.
A field of dead corn sits next to the Lincolnland Agri-Energy ethanol plant July 25, 2012 in Palestine, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Environmental group says traditional ethanol mandates are crowding out next-generation alternatives

The Environmental Working Group paper could add fuel to an argument that the renewable fuel standard is too reliant on corn-based ethanol, instead of sophisticated next-generation alternatives that have been tougher to commercialize.
A field of dead corn sits next to the Lincolnland Agri-Energy ethanol plant July 25, 2012 in Palestine, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DuPont to open $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

The $225 million refinery in central Iowa is touted as the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, which is designed to make 30 million gallons annually once it’s in full production next year.
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Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
Firefighters and rescue workers work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James river near downtown in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time, but officials said there were no injuries and the city on its website and Twitter said firefighters on the scene made the decision to let the fire burn out. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Feds doling out millions to boost rail safety along heavy oil routes

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the grants would “support innovative ideas and solutions developed at the local level.”
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

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.
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

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

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.