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US ethanol industry excitement boiling over at 2015 RFA conference

Come for the ethanol, stay for the conversation. The Renewable Fuels Association’s 20th annual National Ethanol Conference was jam-packed with fascinating discussions over issues and obstacles the US ethanol industry faced in 2014 and is expecting in 2015, including whether it’s possible to top a record for exports. At the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, a […]

US EPA pleads for some RFS understanding

Attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in suburban Dallas last week who were hoping to hear, at long last, what biofuels volumes the US Environmental Protection Agency would require in the overdue 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Standards likely left disappointed. No such proclamations were issued, beyond a familiar-sounding promise from Chris Grundler, director of […]

Obama Renews Controversial NSA Spying Program Ahead of Deadline

The regular renewal of the National Security Agency’s controversial mass surveillance program was approved Friday, the last such move before a key surveillance law expires.

Nations Mayors Drink the Ex-Im Kool-Aid

The group has supported the bank in the past and passed a resolution in favor of renewing Ex-Im's charter last June as the debate over the it's reauthorization raged in Congress.

India Plans Association Of Top 50 Solar Power Nations

India plans to unleash a renewable energy revolution practically unheard of. Until now we used to watch in disbelief as Chinese regulators repeatedly revised solar power capacity addition targets to very high levels in extremely short spans of time. Show More Summary

CN Railway urges union to agree to arbitration as lockout looms

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian National Railway Co on Saturday again urged Unifor, the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff, to agree to binding arbitration and renewed its threat to lock out those workers on Monday. Show More Summary

Former USTR Talks Trade at Ethanol Conference

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was the keynote speaker at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) National Ethanol Conference this week where the theme was “Going Global” with an emphasis on exports. “I want to thank you for your very strong and vocal support for a very smart trade policy for our country over the years,” said Kirk, who served... Read More

Bob Dinneen Live Stream of State of Ethanol Industry

This morning at 8am central we will live stream the session from the National Ethanol Conference featuring Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen. Bob will deliver this annual state of the industry address a few minutes after 8am and we’ll be recording it so that you can watch and listen later if you miss the broadcast or want to review... Read More

20th National Ethanol Conference Kicks Off

Football Hall of Fame member Kenny Houston helped Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen get the early activities for the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference underway on Ash Wednesday in Dallas. Houston is...Show More Summary

Turkey Aiming For 5 Gigawatts Of Solar By 2023

The country of Turkey is now aiming to get at least 30% of its electricity requirements via renewable energy sources by the year 2023, based on figures put forward in the country’s new (first) National Renewable Energy Action Plan. Of...Show More Summary

Amazon orders five pilots to series, renews 'Mozart in the jungle'

Amazon announced Wednesday that it has ordered full seasons of five pilots, including a Philip K. Dick adaptation, a magazine show inspired by one of the nation's most esteemed publications and two children's programs.

Syria's Assad agrees to truce in city of Aleppo, U.N. envoy says

The Syrian government of President Bashar Assad is willing to suspend bombardment of opposition-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo for six weeks as part of a renewed diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation, according to the special United Nations envoy to Syria.

New Orleans Police: Trans Woman Penny Proud Was Killed in a Robbery

As police have been investigating Penny Proud's murder, a national conversation about violence and journalistic standards concerning trans victims has been renewed. read more

Israel’s Obsession for Monopoly on Middle East Nuclear Power

By Thalif Deen | — UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) – As the Iranian nuclear talks hurtle towards a Mar. 24 deadline, there is renewed debate among activists about the blatant Western double standards…

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant? read more

Debate Begins Over Obama’s War Powers

President Obama “asked Congress for new powers to wage military operations against the Islamic State militant group, kicking off a renewed national debate over the scope of wartime powers that should be afforded to the commander-in-chief,” the Wall Street Journal [...] The post Debate Begins Over Obama’s War Powers appeared first on Political Wire.

‘Virunga’ Doc Director Orlando Von Einsiedel’s Activism Even Inspired Leonardo DiCaprio

When writer-director Orlando von Einsiedel set out to tell a positive story about the war-torn continent of Africa, he focused on the renewal happening in Congo's diverse Virunga National Park, which borders Uganda and Rwanda. But when...Show More Summary

Renewables comprises 13% of U.S’ energy portfolio

According to the Bloomberg report on Sustainable Energy, the wind and solar energy capacity has tripled in US since 2008. In 2007, the renewable energy segment contributed just seven percent of the nation’s total energy portfolio which got doubled to 13 percent by 2014. Show More Summary

Obama’s National Security Strategy Puts New Lyrics to Familiar Tune

The world has changed since 2010. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has sprung up. A “reset” with Russia has relapsed over fighting in Ukraine. And an Ebola epidemic has renewed concerns about infectious diseases. On Friday, the Obama administration took stock of those changes with…

Maui Energy Conference to Examine Consumer View of Energy Utilities

Hawai‘i is seeing a dramatic shift to renewable energy resources driven by electric bills that cost roughly double the national average. On March 25 to 27, the County of Maui in partnership with Maui Economic Development Board will hold...Show More Summary

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