Midwestern senators to press EPA chief on ethanol

Source: By Jonathan Swan Amy Harder, Axios • Posted: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A group of Midwestern Republican senators are meeting Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to express their concerns about the agency’s recent moves on ethanol, according to a spokesman for Sen. Grassley. The Iowa Republican lunched with Pruitt Monday to discuss the same issues.

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers

Source: By BILL VLASIC, New York Times • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

The electric-car maker Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week after a series of performance reviews conducted during the biggest expansion in the company’s history. Tesla said Friday that the dismissals were not out of the ordinary, even though they came as the automaker tries to increase the production of its first mass-market vehicle, the Model 3 sedan.

Iowa plant receives EPA approval for cellulosic production

Source: By Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Edeniq Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s technology.

Reynolds urges Trump to uphold campaign promise, protect renewable fuel standard

Source: By Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern that the Environmental Protection Agency will undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard — a policy Trump repeatedly promised to protectwhile on the campaign trail in Iowa. “We, and millions of our citizens, were drawn to your passionate support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to your explicit promises to our farmers that you would support investments in fuels like biodiesel and ethanol through the RFS,” the letter reads.

Gov. Reynolds sends letter to President Trump; expresses “deep concern” about EPA direction on RFS

Source: By Office of Governor Kim Reynolds • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday expressing her deep concern about the direction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be taking on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Three Midwestern governors, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, signed on to Gov. Reynolds’ letter.

Senate committee to vote on EPA, NRC nominees Wednesday

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is set to vote on several nominees for the Trump administration, including some of the president’s more controversial picks for U.S. EPA. The EPA nominees to be voted on are Michael Dourson to head up the agency’s chemicals office; Bill Wehrum, picked for air chief; Matt Leopold, nominated for general counsel; and David Ross to lead the water office. Dourson and Wehrum ran into opposition from Democrats during a confirmation hearing earlier this month.

Strong reactions on both sides to Trump’s CEQ pick

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

President Trump’s nomination of a former Texas regulator who’s touted the benefits of carbon dioxide to lead the Council on Environmental Quality is being praised by industry but derided by environmentalists as “creative evil” and a “nightmare scenario.” If confirmed by the Senate, Kathleen Hartnett White would lead a short-handed White House office that’s traditionally been seen as an environmental watchdog on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Op-Ed: 5 years in, fuel economy standards put savings in drivers’ pockets

Source: By David Friedman, The Hill • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

This month marks the fifth anniversary of our country setting targets to nearly double the average miles per gallon of cars and trucks by the year 2025 and providing net savings for consumers throughout the program. Between 2022-2025 alone, the standards are expected to save consumers over $90 billion in fuel costs and position the US to continue leading the world in auto innovation. However, as we commemorate this milestone, the government is taking steps to roll back this commonsense program.

Ethanol has replaced oil trains as hidden safety risk in N.J.

Source: By Curtis Tate, • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

The volume of crude oil shipped by rail may have declined in recent months, but communities in New Jersey and other states face another hazard: ethanol. The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.

Perry says: ‘Yes sir,’ warming is real

Source: Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said climate change is a threat to the United States yesterday as he defended coal subsidies and denied that free-market capitalism exists in the energy world. At a subcommittee hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) asked Perry about the risks from rising temperatures. “Do you think that climate change is in any way a threat to our nation?” McNerney asked. Perry replied simply, “Yes sir, I do.”