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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Biofuels mandate mess: New EPA ethanol standards under fire

- The Washington Times

The U.S. energy boom and low gas prices have wreaked havoc with the federal government’s mandate to blend more ethanol and other biofuels into fuel supplies, leaving the Obama administration under fire and struggling to meet the mandates set by Congress nearly a decade ago.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

GOP presidential hopefuls split over federal biofuels mandate

- The Washington Times

Less than a year out from the Iowa caucus, the likely GOP presidential contenders are staking out opposing views over Uncle Sam’s role in the alternative energy industry, making it the latest dividing line in the early jockeying among the party’s White House hopefuls.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA chief: 'Climate change is not a religion'

- The Washington Times

Seeking a 6 percent budget increase in the upcoming fiscal year, Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy on Wednesday assured skeptical Republicans her efforts will be driven solely by science and won't be beholden to any political ideology.

In this Wednesday, June 23, 2010 photo, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces in Canberra, Australia, that his party has called a leadership vote just months away from national elections. Australia will have its first woman prime minister on Thursday, as Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has enough support to beat incumbent Kevin Rudd in a Labor Party ballot, several media outlets have reported. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Alan Porritt) **FILE**

Australia's wind-power market deflates

If you are sailing miles from shore and come upon the rusted prows of sunken ships, you can be sure that water is not that deep and it would be a good idea to change course. Australia is just the latest ship's prow to warn us away from the treacherous path of green-energy mandates, taxes, and subsidies. Among the others have been Germany, Spain, and Italy.