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Virginia, Maryland awarded nearly $5 million in federal funds to install ethanol pumps

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia, in partnership with Maryland, was selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol refueling infrastructure in Virginia.

Bob Goodlatte: It’s time for Congress to end the ethanol mandate

Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.


Grocery bill increases 2 percent as beef and pork prices rise

National food prices rose about 2 percent from a year ago, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Warner, Kaine respond to proposed rulemaking on crude by rail

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine yesterday joined hundreds of stakeholders in responding to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) request for public comment on new rules it has proposed related to transport of crude-by-rail.

Earth Talk: Ethanol’s unrealized promise

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.


Ethanol production benefits all Virginians

Over the next three years, the Vireol ethanol facility in Hopewell plans to employ 70 workers, produce 170 million gallons of ethanol and spend $100 million to purchase 21.7 million bushels of grain from Virginia farmers.


Vireol Bio Energy to add 70 jobs in Hopewell

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Vireol Bio Energy LLC will commission the former Osage Bio Energy facility and begin production of ethanol in the City of Hopewell.

Hobey Bauhan: Perspective on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Bob Dinneen’s commentary (Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard, March 24, 2014) on the federal ethanol mandate is one-sided and omits important information.


Bob Dinneen: Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rep. Bob Goodlatte is right to laud the American farmer (Bob Goodlatte: Celebrating American agriculture, March 22), but wrong to attack the one policy that has helped drive a rural economic revival – the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Bob Goodlatte: Looking ahead in the New Year

As we ring in 2014, the House and Senate return to Washington for the start of the second session of the 113th Congress. Looking forward to the New Year, it is abundantly clear that our nation has much to accomplish to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.

Bob Goodlatte: Fixing a badly broken ethanol policy

Common sense would tell you that if something is broken, it should be fixed. However, once again common sense has not prevailed within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Just a few days ago, the EPA denied a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for this year. The EPA’s decision to deny much-needed relief to American livestock producers, food producers, and consumers was extremely disappointing. With a steep decline in corn production this year and a sharp increase in corn prices, the economic harm of the RFS is undeniable.

Goodlatte talks ethanol with Valley businesses

Congressman Bob Goodlatte on Wednesday completed a two-day tour regarding the impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard, also known as the ethanol mandate, on local livestock producers, food producers, and other businesses.

Webb, Warner to EPA: Relax ethanol mandate

Concerned about steep increases in commodity prices, Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner joined a bipartisan letter this week to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of a temporary waiver of the federal ethanol mandate

Karen Kwiatkowski: Bob Goodlatte flip-flops on ethanol

Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s demand for a waiver to the ethanol mandate is welcome news. But he fails to mention his personal responsibility for the RFS mandate in the first place

Webb joins group of senators urging end to ethanol tariffs, subsidies

A bipartisan group of 12 senators, led by Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), today sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) urging them to make full elimination of costly ethanol subsidies and tariffs a priority. In June, a measure offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein […]

Senate passes Webb amendment to end ethanol subsidies and tariffs

Today, the Senate overwhelmingly approved Sen. Jim Webb’s amendment to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The measure, which he co-sponsored with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passed with bipartisan support in a 73-27 vote and will save taxpayers $6 billion annually. “Eliminating […]

Webb continues push to eliminate ethanol subsidies

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) joined Sens. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which will fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The bill is similar to legislation sponsored by Webb earlier this year, and […]

Webb continues push to end ethanol subsidies

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., yesterday joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to introduce legislation that would repeal the 45-cent-per gallon subsidy for corn ethanol blenders, saving the nation approximately $6 billion a year. The bill also lowers the tariff on imported ethanol to match the 45-cent-per gallon subsidy that will remain in place for non-corn, second […]

Webb backs effort to redirect ethanol dollars

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. joined Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., yesterday in introducing an amendment to pending tax legislation which would save billions of dollars and redirect funding from ineffective ethanol subsidies and tariffs toward advanced energy technologies and U.S. deficit reduction. “Reducing the ethanol subsidies and trade barriers would reduce […]

Webb: Congress should end ethanol subsidies

U.S. Jim Webb, D-Va., today called for an end to costly ethanol subsidies and tariffs. In a bipartisan letter, Sen. Webb and other senators urged Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., to eliminate the protections currently manipulating ethanol costs and restricting U.S. trade. The current subsidies and tariffs on domestic […]

AFP InDepth | Too much E in my E10

Jim Belcher didn’t know what was going on. His 2000 Cadillac Escalade had been running just fine, but then out of the blue the “Service Engine Soon” light blazed on. The scoop from the mechanic: bad sensors and damage to his catalytic converter. He was looking at a $2,000-plus repair bill. The what-caused-it is something […]