Tag: Senate

Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

January 19, 2015 |

In Washington, Senators Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015, which Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis claims is recycled legislation that is “extremely shortsighted.” He said it seeks to appease the wishes of Big Oil and Big Food, is based on false information, and is ignorant of the environmental […]

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US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Senate passed the tax extenders bill, including the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, 76-16. The tax extender legislation including a one-year retroactive extension of four key advanced biofuels tax provisions as part of a larger package of tax credit extensions. These four advanced biofuels incentives include: (1) the Second Generation […]

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Iowa associations lobby Washington for Senate passage of biodiesel blenders credit

Iowa associations lobby Washington for Senate passage of biodiesel blenders credit

December 8, 2014 |

In Washington, the Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association organized a fly-in-to-lobby day in Washington, D.C. to reinstate the $1-per-gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit. The measure, which expired nearly a year ago, was reinstated in a retroactive package of tax incentives which the House recently passed. The bill will soon head to the Senate, […]

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Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

September 18, 2014 |

In Washington, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. told a Senate finance committee hearing on energy tax reform that energy efficiency, affordability, pollution and sustainability should be taken into account when deciding how to tax various forms of energy. He insisted that a level playing field must be set for renewables and fossil fuels, rather than the […]

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US Senate completes mark-up on Defense budget, supports continuation of advanced biofuels program

US Senate completes mark-up on Defense budget, supports continuation of advanced biofuels program

May 25, 2014 |

In Washington, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, following mark-up, is reported to not include any attempts to undermine the Defense Production Act’s Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project, which protects the military’s ability to decide what types of fuels to purchase. The House version of the NDAA offers strikingly different language — much […]

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Senate committee approves tax break extension but seeks permanence

Senate committee approves tax break extension but seeks permanence

April 3, 2014 |

In Washington, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the extensions to biofuel tax credits, but the committee’s chairman has said that the industry must make its case to Congress in order to secure permanent tax credits because he won’t let his committee approve any more temporary extensions.

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Biodeisel tax incentive renewal introduced in Senate

Biodeisel tax incentive renewal introduced in Senate

February 17, 2014 |

In Washington, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a bill to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive for three years. The $1-per-gallon incentive covers biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable aviation fuel. First implemented in 2005, it expired on Dec. 31, 2013. It also was allowed to lapse in 2012 and 2010. National […]

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Missouri’s E15 future under attack in Senate

Missouri’s E15 future under attack in Senate

January 27, 2014 |

In Missouri, the Senate rules committee held a hearing on Thursday looking at legislation that would block the implementation of E15 in the state. The agriculture department already approved E15 for sale in retail fuel stations last year but a legislative committee cited a 2006 law allowing only up to E10. To keep the agriculture […]

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Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act introduced in Senate

Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act introduced in Senate

June 20, 2013 |

In Washington, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the “Renewable Fuels Standard Repeal Act” (S. 1195) yesterday. The bill would repeal the entire RFS. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is fundamentally broken and beyond repair,” said Senator Barrasso. “Instead of delivering meaningful environmental benefits, it’s driven up food and fuel […]

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US Senate Armed Services Committee votes down anti-biofuels amendments

US Senate Armed Services Committee votes down anti-biofuels amendments

June 17, 2013 |

In Washington, the US Senate Armed Services Committee narrowly voted down amendments aimed at curtailing the military’s biofuels program and lifting a ban on the purchase of carbon-intensive fuels last night. The Truman Project’s Operation Free spokeswoman Stephanie Dreyer commented:  “We were initially disappointed to see that House lawmakers chose to launch another attack on DoD’s […]

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