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EPA Approves Series Of Grants To Promote Bush Energy Strategy

EPA has issued a total of $355,000 in grants to promote energy efficiency and air quality projects that the agency says are intended to promote the president's national energy strategy. The grants, which are the latest in a series of upcoming awards expected to total $3.5 million, cover a wide range of activities from residential and commercial building efficiencies to novel air emission control measures. The grants were announced in five separate press releases issued on the same day, Sept. 28.

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Senate Energy Chairman Resists Pressure For Infrastructure Security Bill

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) emerged from a rare closed-door meeting of the panel yesterday (Sept. 26) to indicate that quick passage of legislation to provide greater security for the nation's energy infrastructure might not be necessary.

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Dispute Over Linking GOP-Backed Energy Bill To Defense Spending Heads For Showdown Next Week


Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is headed for a showdown next week with Senate leaders over his threat to attach controversial energy legislation to a defense spending bill.

Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) has scheduled a "cloture vote" for 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 to require that all amendments to a defense authorization bill be germane and to set 30 hours of debate for the bill.

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Push For GOP-Backed Energy Plans Stalls Defense Spending Bill

Senate consideration of a defense spending bill has been put off for at least several days in part because of a threat by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) to attach Republican-backed energy plans that include such controversial provisions as drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Inhofe has argued that now more than ever the U.S. needs to act to secure its energy independence and boost domestic supplies.

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Senate GOP To Draft Compromise Plan On Energy Security

Senate Republicans are increasing pressure on Democrats to quickly pass energy legislation this year that would boost domestic supplies in anticipation of the U.S. war on terrorism. Republicans are drafting an energy bill that draws on common areas of interest between earlier proposals by both parties, with one key exception being drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

But Democratic leaders appear steadfast in their opposition to racing through an energy bill that they say fails to adequately promote conservation and renewable energy sources.

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Infrastructure Protection To Be Considered As Part Of Broad Energy Bill

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has scheduled an urgent, closed-door meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for Sept. 26 to consider adding infrastructure protection measures to pending energy legislation in light of the recent terrorist attacks, according to sources familiar with the proceedings.

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California Ethanol Demand Hampered By Military Use Of Tankers

The military's use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport jet fuel to naval bases throughout the world in its fight against terrorism may complicate the shipment of Midwest ethanol to California to accommodate the state's ban on a commonly-used fuel additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

The move to ban MTBE, which was prompted by concerns about groundwater contamination, sparked a nationwide debate about the ability of the ethanol industry to satisfy the state's demand for oxygenates to meet the federal government's reformulated gasoline requirements.

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National Academy Reviews New Auto Industry Data In Dispute Over CAFE

In an unusual move, the National Academy of Sciences is planning to provide industry and other members of the public the opportunity to critique the academy's recommendations on overhauling federal fuel economy standards. The public review was scheduled after auto industry officials presented new technical information, which has prompted concerns by environmentalists about the possibility that the academy may retreat from its findings about the feasibility of tightening current standards.

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Governors Join Forces In Opposing Federal Oxygenate Requirement For Clean Gasoline


Cal/EPA Secretary Winston Hickox and Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns (R) are considering a partnership to push Congress to consider establishing a national renewable fuels mandate for reformulated gasoline (RFG), while eliminating the current federal two percent oxygenate requirement. The aim is to significantly reduce the amount of ethanol California refiners would need to buy to meet the current oxygen rule while ensuring that Midwestern ethanol producers have an increasing market for their product nationwide.

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