E2 Round-up: EPA's gift to farmers, new biofuels in short supply, latest on Climategate

The EPA rules implement a renewable fuels production mandate in a 2007 energy law.

The legislation also required more use of “next-generation” biofuels like ethanol that comes non-edible feedstock. This year 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol was to be produced. But this report in the Wall Street Journal says EPA expects the biofuel industry to fall well short of that goal.

The Journal also has a short piece relating to Climategate. An initial inquiry by Penn State University clears one scientist of misconduct. But a formal investigation is ongoing.