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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Environment and Energy Daily, Allison Winter

Devastating floods and bad weather in the Midwest are raising the tide of opposition against the renewable fuels standard.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

Bay City Times, Jeff Kart

Published January 22, 2009

With The New Guy in office, billions, as in dollars, seems to be the buzzword. When it comes to the environment, that money could come in handy.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

E and E News/Greenwire, Allison Winter

Published March 26, 2009

Farmland conservation programs could take a hit in the spending blueprint under discussion in the Senate Budget Committee.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

Des Moines Register, Philip Brasher

Published May 29, 2009

Government conservation money in Iowa should be targeted to farms in areas that pollute the Mississippi River basin and cause a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental group says.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

Ft. Collins Coloradoan, David Young

Published March 11, 2009

A group of America's ethanol producers dedicated to furthering the nation's economy through cleaner, "greener" energy has called upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to raise the limit on ethanol blended in gasoline.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

President-elect Obama’s support for biofuels faces a few early tests, including a decision on whether to provide more aid to the corn ethanol industry, which critics say already gets too big a piece of the money pie.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

A frayed regulatory framework and dependence on voluntary action has done little to mitigate the damage from agricultural activities in the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 

The Hill, Jim Snyder

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Meanwhile, environmental groups are focusing on another delicate issue: carbon offsets.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 

The New Republic, Bradford Plumer

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The Environmental Working Group recently analyzed the House climate bill and noted that the legislation allows farmers to earn credits under the cap-and-trade regime for practices such as low or no-till farming even if they've been going on since 2001.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 

Des Moines Register, Phil Brasher

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A bill passed by the House last month would set caps on greenhouse gases and require polluters to have permits for their emissions.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A new analysis from the Environmental Working Group estimates that the House bill could allow the equivalent of more than 67 large coal-fired power plants to avoid any new controls on greenhouse gas emissions without requiring landowners to create any new carbon sequestration projects.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

 

The Hill, Jim Snyder

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An environmental group is mounting a fresh assault on the climate change legislation that squeaked through the House and faces an uncertain future in the Senate, raising the prospect that the delicate coalition of support around it could fray.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

 

Mitchell Daily Republic, Austin Kaus

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But some people have concerns about the state’s rapid progress of energy development.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

While agriculture and forestry are poised to be leaders in sustainable climate solutions, to realize this opportunity America needs policies built on sound science. Science supports the inclusion of indirect land-use change in the assessment of biofuels.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

 

Mitchell Daily Republic, Seth Tupper

An environmental group said Wednesday that the Obama administration's proposed 2010 fiscal-year budget would cause South Dakota to "lose" about $5.3 million in funding for a popular conservation program.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 

National Public Radio: Capitol News Connection, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson

Today the energy and climate change bill goes to mark-up in the ag committee. Where almost every member has at least one ethanol plant back in the home district.

Monday, June 1, 2009

President Obama’s proposed 2010 fiscal year budget continues the long string of broken promises that have left conservation programs billions short over the past two farm bills. Without proper conservation funding, few resources are available to mitigate the environmental damage caused by modern commodity crop agriculture.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The ethanol industry is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to increase from 10 percent to 15 percent the amount of ethanol that is blended into gasoline, saying it will boost demand, create jobs and foster development of cellulosic fuels.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Mississippi River Basin supports a vast array of economic, commercial, and recreational activities. But runoff from farm fields pollutes lakes and streams in the 10 states that border the Mississippi River. Farm sediment, fertilizer runoff and livestock waste are the source of over 70 percent of the pollution exacerbating the Dead Zone in the Mississippi River-Gulf of Mexico.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Including indirect land-use change emissions in the life-cycle assessment of greenhouse gases from biofuels is critical to protecting forests and native ecosystems from the consequences of increased biofuels production.

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