China to suspend some car production over fuel consumption standards

Source: By Ben Blanchard Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

China will suspend the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have failed to meet the government’s fuel consumption standards, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. The suspension will take effect from Jan. 1, Xinhua said, citing the China Vehicle Technology Service Centre.

Op-Ed: Big Oil misleading Iowans again

Source: By Monte Shaw, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but actually advocated for a policy approach that was opposed by every state and national biofuels/agriculture group and would have harmed every farmer in Iowa. It seems Big Oil is back at it with a new angle.

Op-Ed: A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!

Source: By Doug Sombke, Biofuels Digest • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

This time of year many of us wrestle with New Years Resolutions–what can we do that we did not do last year? What can we do better? How can we improve ourselves and maybe in the process make the world a better place? Well, for the US Environmental Protection Agency, I have a couple of suggestions. And it is not just something they did not do last year, but something they did not do for the last quarter of a century, and that is to do their job and enforce the law.

Fed Rate Hikes Expected to Hurt Car Sales in 2018

Source: By Jamie Butters, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

As automakers seal their first annual U.S. sales decline since 2009, expectations for more interest-rate hikes are contributing to the nearly unanimous view that car demand will drop again in 2018. Few analysts anticipate sales this year will reach 17 million vehicles, which was just achieved for a third-straight year and only the fifth time in history. The Federal Reserve forecasts three rate hikes in 2018, crimping the free-flowing credit that helped fuel a record streak of demand growth now coming to an end.

Northeastern states sue EPA for ‘failing to act’ on smog

Source: Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

New York and seven other Northeastern states are suing U.S. EPA regarding its refusal to undertake a sweeping expansion of regional ozone reduction efforts. The lawsuit, filed last week, challenges the agency’s turndown last fall of a 2013 petition to add another nine states — mostly in the South and Midwest — to the Ozone Transport Region.

Brazil establishes national biofuels policy

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12. RenovaBio aims to increase the use of all biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane, in Brazil with the aim of increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cruz taps Texas mistrust of ethanol

Source: By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Ethanol. Oil states like Texas hate it. Corn states live and die by it. And politicians who try to take on ethanol often get buried in the issue’s complexities. Nonetheless, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continues to press ahead in the seemingly quixotic mission of lowering the cost for Texas oil refineries to comply with an increasingly pricey federal mandate requiring biofuels to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.

Op-Ed: Rick Santorum: Refiners attack President Trump at their peril

Source: By Rick Santorum, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The RFS is working, exactly as intended when we passed the law with bipartisan congressional support more than a decade ago. That’s why 38 Senators, along with members of the House and a coalition of GOP governors, fought to protect the RFS this past summer. It allows hundreds of rural biorefineries and America’s hard-working farmers to compete at the fuel pump against foreign oil.

EPA Opens Door to Sorghum Oil as Biofuel Feedstock

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer • Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Sorghum may see another Renewable Fuel Standard boost from a newly proposed pathway for sorghum oil extracted from ethanol plants, according to a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Dec. 19, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to allow sorghum oil to qualify as a biofuel feedstock for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel. The EPA proposal came about as a result of a petition filed by the National Sorghum Producers (NSP).

Vehicles are now America’s biggest CO2 source but EPA is tearing up regulations

Source: By Oliver Milman, The Guardian • Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Some of the most common avatars of climate change – hulking power stations and billowing smokestacks – may need a slight update. For the first time in more than 40 years, the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US isn’t electricity production but transport – cars, trucks, planes, trains and shipping.