EPA sends small refinery RFS compliance ‘alternative’ for OMB review

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

 EPA has sent for White House review a draft proposal that appears aimed at implementing its novel renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance “alternative” for small refiners that saw their 2018 hardship waivers from RFS mandates retroactively scrapped, a measure the biofuels sector says is a “hollow victory” because refiners largely escape consequences.

U.S. crude stockpiles slide as refining ramps up ahead of summer- EIA

Source: By David Gaffen, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

U.S. crude oil inventories fell last week as refining activity picked up ahead of the busy summer driving season, even as the United States continued to release barrels from its strategic reserve.
Crude inventories fell by 3.4 million barrels in the week to May 13 to 420.8 million barrels, the EIA said, compared with analysts forecast in a Reuters poll for a 1.4 million-barrel rise.

ADM to Send CO2 From Nebraska Corn Plant Along Pipeline to Wyoming Hub

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter • Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

A Wyoming company will capture carbon dioxide from an Archer Daniels Midland corn-processing plant in Columbus, Nebraska, and transport it across Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming on a now-former natural gas pipeline. Tallgrass announced in a news release on Thursday that the agreement is to transport about 10 million tons of CO2 annually through a 400-mile pipeline from ADM’s plant. CO2 will be transported to Tallgrass’ eastern Wyoming sequestration hub for permanent underground storage.

India to blend ethanol blend 20% in petrol in 3 years

Source: By Jacob Koshy, • Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

A 2021 report … said that “immense benefits” could accrue to the country by 20% ethanol blending by 2025, such as saving ₹30,000 crore of foreign exchange per year, increased energy security, lowered carbon emissions, better air quality, self-reliance, better use of damaged foodgrains, increased farmers’ incomes and greater investment opportunities.

Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year as Fixes Are Neglected

Source: By Eric Roston, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Pollution causes more than 9 million deaths each year globally. While most of those are attributed to air pollution, lead and other chemicals are responsible for at least 1.8 million deaths each year—and the actual number might be much higher. The study notes that the ubiquity of chemical pollutants in the modern environment has made them a silent threat.  “I assumed that we would see these problems in air pollution,” Fuller said. “But I was really stunned to see that the chemicals agenda is almost as big as the air pollution agenda.” 

Climate lawsuits poised for new Supreme Court fight

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Climate liability lawsuits from state and local governments against fossil fuel companies are creeping closer to a new Supreme Court showdown. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that it would not rehear arguments by BP PLC and other companies that Baltimore’s climate case should be heard in federal — rather than state — court, setting the stage for industry to bring its fight once again to the nation’s highest bench. The decision came as industry attorneys last night asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a similar ruling against fossil fuel producers in a separate liability case out of California.

Dire Climate Report Prompts UN Official to Ask Rich Countries to Share Energy Tech

Source: By Eric Roston, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Last year brought new records for sea-level rise, ocean temperature, greenhouse gas concentrations and ocean acidification, according to a new UN World Meteorological Organization climate report card. The climate crisis is getting worse, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres marked the report’s release by calling on rich countries to share the intellectual property for energy technologies that can accelerate the badly-needed transition away from fossil fuels. 

A new Iowa law will require more gas stations to carry E15. What does that mean for drivers?

Source: By Ian Richardson, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

One of the goals of Iowa’s legislation is to expand access to E15 fuel. How soon it does — and whether it does in certain areas — will depend on a variety of factors. Any gas stations built or upgraded starting next year must be compatible with E15, as well as with E85, or gasoline with 85% ethanol, and B20, which contains at least 20% biodiesel. But the major milestone will come in 2026, when Iowa’s law will require gas stations to sell E15 gas.

Why Do We Swallow What Big Oil and the Green Movement Tell Us?

Source: By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Have no illusion — these sins of the green movement and the oil industry are not equal. The greens are trying to fix a real, planet-threatening problem, even if their ambition exceeds their grasp. The oil and coal companies know that what they are doing is incompatible with a stable, healthy environment. Yes, they are right that without them there would be no global economy today. But unless they use their immense engineering talents to become energy companies, not just fossil fuel companies, there will be no livable economy tomorrow.

Anti-price gouging bill might lack votes to pass House

Source: By George Cahlink, Nico Portuondo, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

House Democrats had hoped to pass a bill this week cracking down on alleged price gouging, but that effort is running into trouble amid growing resistance from oil-state and moderate lawmakers who are questioning if it will help lower energy prices. Party leaders are working to shore up support for the bill, which would expand Federal Trade Commission oversight and enforcement of fuel markets, ahead of a preliminary floor vote today. One House aide described leaders as “playing whack-a-mole” as concerns from multiple flanks of the party threaten to derail the high-profile measure or perhaps delay it until after Memorial Day.