Environmental Politics

"Ethanol Mandate, a Boon to Iowa Alone, Faces Rising Resistance"

"AMES, Iowa — Tim Recker has been growing corn in this state his whole life, and using his crops to make ethanol almost as long, at first by the jar for his trucks, now by the barrel for the nation. That is in large part because Congress in 2005 mandated that oil refiners blend ethanol into gasoline."

Source: NY Times, 02/01/2016

"Amid Denials, State Workers In Flint Got Clean Water"

"In January of 2015, when state officials were telling worried Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint's State Office Building so employees wouldn't have to drink from the taps, according to state government e-mails released Thursday by the liberal group Progress Michigan."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 01/29/2016

Michigan Governor Names Panel To Fix Flint's Contaminated Water System

"Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday appointed a group of government officials, health and other experts to implement long-term fixes for Flint's lead-contaminated water system, which has become a national scandal."

Source: Reuters, 01/28/2016

"Senate Begins Debate on Comprehensive Bipartisan Energy Bill"

"The Senate on Wednesday started debating its first comprehensive energy legislation since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure meant to update the nation’s power grid and oil and gas transportation systems to address major changes in the ways that power is now produced in the United States."

Source: NY Times, 01/28/2016

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