Federal data indicate the U.S. shipped 55 million gallons of ethanol in December, the biggest monthly tally since July, writes Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. The U.S. exported 738.7 million gallons of the biofuel last year, down about 38% from the record high in 2011 but still the second-largest total ever, Cooper notes. The biggest destinations in 2012 were Canada, the U.K. and Brazil.

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