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EPA Proposal Sparks Outrage by Farm and Energy Groups

first_imgThe EPA also proposed lowering the amount of biodiesel produced in 2014, a move that angered the soybean industry. “The level set forth in the proposal is unnecessarily low and will stifle the growth and job creation potential demonstrated by the biodiesel industry over the past several years,” said Danny Murphy, a soybean, corn and wheat farmer from Canton, MS, and ASA’s president. “Biodiesel, including biodiesel produced from soybean oil, is the most prevalent advanced biofuel currently produced in the United States. Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach 1 billion gallons of annual production. The industry has met or exceeded the RFS Biomass-based Diesel volume requirements each year they have been in place.” Previous articleThe Magic of ManipulationNext articleEPA Proposal Will Lead to Lower Corn Prices, Higher Gas Prices Gary Truitt SHARE Some groups said the EPA proposal represents a change in policy by the Obama administration. “The RFS announcement represents the biggest policy reversal of the entire Obama Administration,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw.  “The EPA proposal turns the RFS on its head, runs counter to the law, and is a complete capitulation to Big Oil.  The Obama Administration needs to conduct a thorough soul-searching and decide whether they are serious about cleaner fuels, consumer choice, and cutting petroleum dependence, or whether they truly want to adopt the Big Oil status quo.” EPA justified the proposal by saying there was not enough retail distribution to support an increase to justify increasing ethanol use. Danine said the proposal will pressure corn prices and increase the corn surplus, “This proposal would take 500 million bushels of demand away from farmers.” Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol, said in a statement, “The EPA, using the E10 ‘blend wall’ as an excuse to reduce ethanol use, rewards oil companies for doing nothing to comply with the RFS or inevitability of higher ethanol blends, and sets a dangerous precedent by taking the teeth out of the most consequential policy Congress has ever enacted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of transportation fuel.” Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2013/11/epawrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Indiana ReactionKevin Wilson, Indiana Soybean Alliance President and farmer from Walton, IN, said, “As the home of the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel plant in Claypool, Ind., this rule could adversely affect not only Hoosier farmers whose soybeans serve as feedstock for this industry, but also the livestock farmers who benefit from the soybean meal produced as a co-product of biodiesel and the rural communities that have seen economic growth because of the industry,” Herb Ringel, Indiana Corn Growers Association President and farmer from Wabash, IN said, “The EPA’s decision to significantly reduce the volume of corn-based ethanol required within the Renewable Fuel Standard will hurt corn farmers, our rural communities, the ethanol industry, and our consumers throughout the state.” SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 17, 2013 Tom Buis, with Growth Energy, said the EPA decision violates the spirit and intent of the RFS legislation, “This proposed rule goes directly against the best interests of our nation and American consumers. The RFS is working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, clean our air and save consumers at the pump. It makes no sense to roll back a successful policy just because Big Oil stands to lose profits – profits that come directly from the wallets of American drivers. Any attempts to do so undermine the intent of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, in which the RFS was strengthened.” EPA Proposal Sparks Outrage by Farm and Energy Groups Facebook Twitter The industry now has 60 days to file comments with the EPA and most groups says they plan to send a strong message to the EPA. “We look forward to commenting on the proposed targets and EPA’s flawed methodology so that we can continue to support the biofuels industry,” said Roger Johnson with National Farmers Union. Home News Feed EPA Proposal Sparks Outrage by Farm and Energy Groups Bob DinneenThe long-anticipated EPA ruling on RFS mandates for 2014 was released on Friday, and industry reaction to a cut in the RFS mandate to 13 billion gallons was quick and unanimous.  The corn and ethanol industry had been hoping the agency would increase the amount of ethanol that will be required to be blended in fuel next year; but, in a surprise move, the EPA cut the amount of corn based ethanol that must be used in 2014. The proposal lowers the “corn ethanol” level from 13.8 billion gallons in 2013 to only 13 billion gallons in 2014.  The proposal also freezes the biodiesel level at 1.28 billion gallons despite the fact the biodiesel industry is currently operating at an annualized rate of 2 billion gallons. Bob Danine says this is the wrong decision at the wrong time, “We are in the midst of harvesting the single largest corn crop in our nation’s history, 14 billion bushels. Farmers planted that crop with the expectation of a growing renewable fuels market, not an artificially constricted one.”  The American Meat Institute, however, released a statement praising the EPA proposal. “The EPA’s decision to reduce the ethanol mandate is long overdue,” said AMI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp on a call with reporters this afternoon. “While this is a positive step, the fact remains the RFS is a flawed policy that requires Congressional action.  Even with a record corn crop expected this year, the damaging ripple effect of this defective policy has moved through the meat and poultry complex for the past several years.  The time for Congressional action is now.”  Bob Stallman with the American Farm Bureau Federation said the EPA decision is a step backward for the US, “This decision has the potential to pull the plug on new technologies and investments that are currently in place and needed to produce advanced biofuels.”last_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Pleads Guilty to Misconduct

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown resigned Friday upon admitting he falsifying paperwork for a paving project he ordered that had violated New York State regulations.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors have said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November 2014, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work.Judge Mark Cohen is expected to sentence Jorgensen on Dec. 11 to four months jail with an alternative, in lieu of jail, of 570 hours of community service and three years of probation.last_img read more

Dems brought us bad casino decision

first_imgI recently read in The Gazette that City Council President Ed Kosiur wanted to charge sports groups over $200 for each police car that has to be called to a playing field due to a disturbance. Well, I’d love to see the bill he’s readying for the Rivers casino.The recent melee saw at least 10 police vehicles respond to yet another riot situation in the casino, one in which a police officer was assaulted. How much can the city charge for that, Ed? The assailant had the officer in a headlock. Maybe $50 more? Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam police and the county Sheriff’s Office also had to respond. What about their cut? The total bill for Rivers casino should be at least $10,000. This could more than the $6,000 it was fined by the state for underage gambling.Back in 2015, Roger Hull was 100 percent correct when he came out against the casino, citing police overtime, quality of life, social ills, redistribution of income and bloated estimates of tax cuts and casino revenue-sharing with the city. Our mayor, when not out keeping our garbage safe from women, touted all the benefits gambling would bestow on the Electric City. What I believe we now have is a casino teetering on lawlessness.Thanks to one-party autonomous rule, Ed Kosiur and the Schenectady Dems have hip-checked Leesa Perazzo to the sidelines as they prepare to replace McCarthy in 2019 and tell you who your next mayor will be. But you can act like a bully and harass as many women as you like when there’s no chance of being held accountable at the ballot box. Wake up, Schenectady. Democracy can thrive here if you let it.GRAHAM HIGGINSSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22

first_imgNorbert Kaess at the site of his next development. Picture: Shae Beplate.A TILER by trade, Norbert Kaess purchased his fourth property when he was just 22 without any financial support from his parents. With a mind set to work hard, he bought his first house in Townsville’s West End at the age of 20 and is now making about $1600 a week in rental yield.“I have a lot of confidence in the Townsville market, and think it’s the perfect place for young buyers to invest,” Mr Kaess said. When he finished high school he started saving for a house deposit from scratch. “I followed in the footsteps of my older brother Martin, because I had seen him invest in property and do it very successfully. Without his mentorship I don’t think I would have achieved as much,” Mr Kaess said. Norbert Kaess at the site of his next development. Picture: Shae Beplate.“I worked long hours and saved … I would still go out with friends on a Saturday night, but instead of being hungover in bed on Sunday I’d be hungover at work.“My first house deposit was about $20,000, and because it was my first purchase, I didn’t need to pay stamp duty.”By 21, Mr Kaess had bought his second property in Belgian Gardens, and at 22 he owned another two in Brisbane and Bowen. “I didn’t use equity to buy the next properties, I started from scratch again and saved for a deposit. I didn’t want to stick to one economy so I decided to buy in low, medium and high-risk areas, he said. “Low-risk was Brisbane because it’s metro, high-risk was Bowen because I figured it was subject to Adani going through, and medium-risk was Townsville.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Kaess said he learnt the value of having a property manager after a horror experience with tenants in one of his properties.“In one of my places I had tenants who didn’t pay rent for a few months, and they damaged a lot of things when they left,” he said.“I lost a few grand there just from not using a property manager.”He also said that young buyers should be realistic in what they could afford, and be cautious not to bite off more than they could chew. “I see a lot of people saying ‘cheers to a lifetime of debt’ when they buy a property, but when you buy a house you should be buying it for financial freedom and less stress,” he said. “If you are buying a place and having more stress, you are either buying above what you can afford or not making a calculated investment.”Kaess’s key tips for young investors 1. Use a mortgage broker: These people have years of experience; they will compare a range of banks and talk it through with you so you’re getting the best deal. 2. Don’t buy brand new: If you’re looking to invest, don’t buy a new place or build because the profit has already been made by others along the way. You will lose value just by being the first person to open the door. 3. Look for deceased or repossessed estates: The people who own the property didn’t pay for it, and they don’t have an emotional attachment, so they’re usually willing to settle for less. 4. Buy on multi-use land: It’s attractive to a broader range of people; including developers at re-sale. You should also check with a town planner before you buy so they can tell you exactly what you can and can’t do with the block. 5. Pick your first property wisely: Do a lot of research into your first house; find out the median house price for the suburb, look at the properties history, and compare it against recently sold properties in the area. If you don’t choose your first house wisely, it can set you back years. MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more