Saturday, March 28, 2020
Massachusetts looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Massachusetts’ governor's office recently filed draft regulations with the secretary of state to establish an integrated plan to address climate change through efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Cassidy: Renewable Fuel Standard 'Flawed, Unworkable'

U.S. senators will work next year to address the renewable fuel standard (RFS), with some calling for it to be repealed, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said.
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Three congressmen respond to 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, recently joined with other congressmen in issuing a statement on the EPA’s final rule on the 2017 requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
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Trump vows action on energy, but modifies stance on climate accord

Donald Trump has vowed to roll back regulations he believes are stifling production of energy, including coal and shale oil and gas.But, in a recent interview, the president-elect suggested a softening of his earlier hard stance against the Paris climate agreement.
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Opinions split on Trump's energy promises

President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to kill off a clean power plan, refuse to ratify the Paris climate accord and support proposed measures to boost the use of fossil fuels are being warmly welcomed by many. Trump also promises to gut the Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA launches effort to encourage switch to LED light bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging Americans to swap out their light bulbs for Energy Star certified LED bulbs, which can save consumers on energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Bipartisan support growing to reform renewable fuel standards

Bipartisan congressional support for legislation to significantly reform renewable fuel standards is increasing as more is learned about flaws with the standards, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).
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As states wait on Clean Power Plan ruling, Alabama says it will write own if challenge unsuccessful

Alabama will write its own Clean Power Plan rules if challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposals are unsuccessful, a senior official in the state’s environmental management department said.
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Analysis of Clean Power Plan overestimates benefits, underestimates costs: Economist

Government analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is deeply flawed, overestimating the benefits and underestimating the costs, an economist commissioned to carry out his own study of the plan said.
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Consumer interests under threat if RSF proposals are introduced

Consumer interests are at stake if the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is not scrapped, or radically reformed, a writer who pens the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) blog recently declared.
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Oil and gas industry steps up campaign against RFS

A national trade association for the oil and natural gas industry has stepped up its campaign against the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Heritage Foundation fellow wants Congress to admit Renewable Fuel Standard a failure

U.S. lawmakers should stop trying to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), recognize it is a failure and let the market resume control of the nation's fuel supply, a Heritage Foundation official believes.
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Institute for Energy Research says Renewable Fuel Standard will hurt corn farmers

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has not been advantageous for consumers, and it doesn’t bode well for corn farmers either, according to Robert L. Bradley Jr., founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston.
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Competitive Enterprise Institute calls for repeal of federal biofuels mandate

Consumer preference and market competition should dictate which fuels prevail in the U.S., says CEI expert Marlo Lewis, Jr.
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Federal court halts environmental group's attempt to stop LNG expansion

The Sierra Club’s attempt to stop the expansion of liquid natural gas (LNG) exports from terminals in Louisiana and Texas due to adverse environment impact was struck down recently by a federal appeals court.
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Expert says Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost the nation’s reliance on renewable fuels, Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but some believe the program presents more challenges than it solves.
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NCCR urges Congress to repeal ‘misguided’ ethanol mandate

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is calling for Congress to repeal the “government-imposed” federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring billions of gallons of corn ethanol to be blended into the country’s gasoline supply each year, escalating to 36 billion gallons by 2022.
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Fear over Clean Power Plan stay is having 'deleterious effect' on states, expert says

The U.S. Supreme Court may have stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), but the agency’s continued effort to work with states seeking to comply with the halted rule is having a “deleterious effect” on states and regulatory entities.
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West Virginia attorney general wants EPA to honor stay; stop advancing energy regulation

Over the past year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has taken numerous steps to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) does not get enforced.
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EPA’s Clean Power Plan offers “all pain, no gain,” former top Obama energy official says

A former top energy official in the Obama administration says the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will have virtually no impact on the environment yet will drastically increase electricity costs — an outcome the energy expert characterized as “all pain, no gain.”
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