Ford, Chinese partner form electric car venture

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it is launching a venture with a Chinese partner to develop electric vehicles for sale in China, the biggest market for the technology. The announcement of the $750 million venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co. adds to rising investment by global automakers in China’s growing electric vehicle industry.

BRIEF-U.S. ethanol groups seek removal of Brazil’s preferential status

Source: By Michael Hirtzer, Reuters • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

U.S. ethanol trade groups will petition U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to remove Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences in response to Brazil imposing a tariff and quota on imports of U.S. ethanol, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

CEQ pick grilled for comments on global warming ‘paganism’

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Senate Democrats peppered President Trump’s nominee for a top White House environmental job with questions about some of her most polarizing statements on climate change. Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump’s pick to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee along with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist and the nominee to be U.S. EPA’s deputy administrator. Both responded to pointed questions on their backgrounds, but it was the CEQ nominee who faced the most criticism over her climate views.

Biofuels Fight Is Brewing Between U.S. and Brazil Over Ethanol

Source: By Mario Parker, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

The U.S. biofuels industry, fresh off a win against Big Oil, is lining up for a fight with Brazil. American ethanol producers said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they’re seeking Brazil’s suspension from a trade program allowing duty-free imports into the U.S. The move follows Brazil’s decision in August to slap a 20 percent tariff on ethanol shipments from the U.S. that exceed a 600 million-liter (158 million-gallon) annual quota.

As U.S. Sheds Role as Climate Change Leader, Who Will Fill the Void?

Source: By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Perhaps no group has made a bigger splash on the world stage this year than the coalition of United States governors, mayors and businesses who call themselves the We Are Still In coalition. Informally led by Gov. Jerry Brown of California; Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, the group has vowed to uphold the Paris agreement and move ahead with policies to fight climate change.

Lawmakers ask FTC to investigate manipulation of RIN markets

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

A bipartisan group of six members of Congress wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 7 asking the agency to investigate possible market manipulation in the renewable identification number (RIN) market. “We believe RIN market manipulation—and the resulting market volatility—is negatively affecting the economic stability of East Coast refiners,” the members of Congress wrote. “We ask that your agency investigate and end any possible RIN market manipulation under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission’s Petroleum Market Manipulation Rule.”

Senate confirms air nominee Wehrum, 49-47

Source: Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Bill Wehrum narrowly won Senate confirmation today to become U.S. EPA’s next air chief, putting a longtime industry attorney in charge of overseeing the nation’s air quality. The 49-47 vote, which fell almost exactly along party lines, was expected after Wehrum’s nomination cleared a key procedural vote by a similar margin late yesterday.

Greens and Dems smell a wave coming in 2018

Source: Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Last week’s elections were a wild success for Democrats and their allies in the environmental movement. Now they sense momentum heading into the critical 2018 midterms. “We’re off to a great start this election cycle,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “Clean energy was a big winner [on Tuesday], and polluters were the big losers.”

Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead?  Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress

Source: By Jessie Stolark, EESI • Posted: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

With DowDuPont’s recent announcement that it will be selling its commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa the United States is left with only two commercial-scale projects in the United States. Just two years after the grand opening of the DuPont (now DowDuPont) facility in Nevada, IA, Quad County Corn Processors and POET’s Project Liberty are all that remain after the initial four that were greatly celebrated in 2014.

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers a blunt climate change message in Germany

Source: By Erik Kirschbaum, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Taking his crusade against climate change to the capital of Germany’s car-making heartland on his whirlwind tour of Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday the whole world needs to wake up to the perils of warming temperatures and promised the United States would one day be back to work on global solutions with the international community.