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

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

Biofuel boosters are casting the Obama administration’s decision on renewable fuel quotas as a stark choice between American innovation and oil industry profits.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

EPA to set overdue biofuel quotas in deal with oil industry groups

The EPA will finalize biofuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 later this year, in an agreement settling an oil industry lawsuit.
(AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Broad coalition takes aim at renewable fuel mandate

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/Sue Ogrocki)

Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.
(AP file photo/Southeast Missourian, Aaron Eisenhauer)

EPA lowers target for cellulosic biofuels in gasoline

The Obama administration on Tuesday formally told refiners to blend 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply this year, while paring some targets that the oil industry had criticized as too ambitious.

Ethanol brawl heats up between oil and corn industries

A fight between oil giants and the ethanol industry is escalating, as a new oil industry study says ethanol in fuel will hurt consumers and the economy, and ethanol producers say oil producers and refiners simply want to protect their market.
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Report: E15 causes some cars’ fuel systems to fail

Automobile manufacturers and the oil industry on Tuesday released the results of laboratory tests showing that gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol caused auto parts to fail. But ethanol backers swiftly criticized the study.
A field of dried corn plants is seen near Percival, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Perry asks EPA for renewable fuel waiver

Texas Gov. Rick Perry today asked federal regulators to relax the renewable fuel standard, joining four other states that have also asked for waivers amid a drought that has ravaged corn crops in the Midwest.
The new label mandated by the EPA is designed to make it clear to car owners which pumps are using 15% ethanol.

Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks

Automakers and the oil industry released a report today that casts doubt on the safety of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and shows that at least some engines running the fuel suffered damage during recent testing.