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EPA Ethanol Rule on the Way: The U.S. EPA is slated to release a draft of the updated Renewable Fuels Standard this week that will set the course for how emissions from biofuels production and use are measured — and test the Obama administration’s approach to fighting climate change. — Reuters

Australia Backs Off Emission Targets: Australia embraced the Kyoto treaty, laid out plans for a big climate change bill — and then got distracted by the economy (it’s delaying implementation of a planned cap-and-trade program. What can the U.S. learn from Down Under? — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

Hybrids Not So Hot: Reported sales of hybrids in the U.S. reported by Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM and Nissan dropped 45.5 percent last month compared with April 2008, despite a full month of sales for the new Honda Insight, Ford Fusion and Milan hybrids. — Green Car Congress

Factory Revival: Could the clean energy rush spur a U.S. manufacturing revival? In solar, there’s plenty of competition from China, but an expectation that the U.S. will have the largest market for the technology down the road is luring equipment makers. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Bonuses for More Efficient Buildings?: According to Rocky Mountain Institute chairman and chief scientist Amory Lovins, the U.S. government is devising a compensation plan that could lead to bonus payments and penalties for federal green building contractors based on building performance. — Greentech Media


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