"Renewable Debate Has EPA Over a Barrel"

"ARLINGTON, VA. — Scores of farmers, politicians, engineers and refiners on Thursday blasted the Obama administration's latest plan for renewable fuels, with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad accusing the White House of caving to Big Oil and turning its back on rural America."

"The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed requiring refiners to use 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2014, 3 billion less than the amount written into federal statutes.

Although federal law forces U.S. refiners to incorporate an annually increasing amount of biofuels into the nation's diesel and gasoline supply, the EPA sets each year's specific volume obligations and can waive the statutory guideposts."

Jennifer A. Dlouhy reports for Hearst Washington Bureau December 5, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Renewable Fuel Backers Try To Change EPA's Mind at Hearing" (Reuters)

"EPA Proposal Could Shift War on Renewable Fuels" (Politico)

"Branstad To Push EPA on Renewable Fuel Standard" (Quad-City Times)

"Lobbyists Swarm Washington as EPA Mulls Cutting Biofuels Mandate" (Reuters)

"Obama Administration Pisses Off Ethanol Industry, Pleases Both Oil Industry and Environmentalists" (Mother Jones)

"EPA Proposes Cut in Ethanol Mandate, Handing Victory To Oil" (Politico)

"Oil Industry And Others Cheer EPA's Ethanol Proposal" (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

"Big Turnout Expected for EPA RFS Hearing" (Domestic Fuel)

Source: Hearst, 12/06/2013