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Obama’s Delay on Renewable Fuel Puts Producers in Bind

In the arid Imperial Valley of California, Tim Brummels is trying to turn an agricultural cousin of sugarcane into low-carbon ethanol.

It’s the kind of climate-friendly project supporters have pined for since Congress in 2005 ordered refiners to use more renewable fuel. Even so, Brummels’ company -- Canergy LLC -- is being stymied by an unlikely culprit: the Obama administration.