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How Green Is That Electric Car? And When It Hits 100 M.P.H.?

Source: By Paul Stenquist, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

In this study, the average electric vehicle in the United States was found to be responsible for emission levels equivalent to those generated by a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon. In areas where a lot of coal is still burned to make electricity, the electric vehicle m.p.g. equivalency number can fall to as low as 49 miles to a gallon, but those areas are few and less densely populated than regions with clean power. OK, but what about electric supercars like the Model S and Taycan? Since they produce mammoth horsepower, doesn’t it follow that their emission levels are high as well?

We asked Joe Biden’s campaign 6 key questions about his climate change plans

Source: By Umair Irfan, Vox • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Election Day is closing in, and former Vice President Joe Biden has made climate change one of his signature issues. His “clean energy revolution and environmental justice” plan would be the most ambitious and aggressive environmental agenda in US history if it were enacted. Voters, especially young voters, also crave action on climate change. Polling shows that a majority of Americans of all ages want all levels of government to address global warming, but it’s one of the highest priorities for young Democrats.

US ethanol exports fall 12%, DDGS exports down 7% for 2019-‘20

Source: By Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

U.S. exports of ethanol were down approximately 12 percent for the 2019-’20 marketing year, which closed Aug. 31, while exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were down nearly 7 percent, according to the U.S. Grains Council. The USGC on Oct. 8 announced U.S. exports of grains in all forms (GIAF) reached nearly 101 million metric tons during the 2019-’20 marketing year, according to USDA data it analyzed. While the export total declined 5 percent year-over-year, GIAF exports still represented the fifth highest year on record.

A Biden win wouldn’t mean a slam-dunk for climate — experts

Source: By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Joe Biden would face huge obstacles as president in taking steps to slow climate change because Republicans in states and Congress would move aggressively to stop such efforts, an expert climate panel said yesterday. Although Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has proposed an ambitious plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, he is almost certain to encounter legal and political opposition that could stymie efforts to enact new laws or adopt new regulations, the experts said.

Barrett resisted climate science. Other judges embraced it

Source: By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

The facts of climate change are well-established, and some experts note that judges have a responsibility to acknowledge them unequivocally in order to rule on questions related to the powers of federal agencies. “Casting doubt on the validity and importance of [climate change] itself, as Barrett does, raises serious concerns,” Jason Rylander, a lawyer with the Defenders of Wildlife, said in an email. “If you cannot admit climate change is real and that humans are the cause, how can you fairly assess the validity of laws and regulations enacted to address it?”
Other judges haven’t had a problem affirming the science of climate change, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the high court by President Trump in 2018.

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. According to the EPA’s SRE data dashboard, there are currently 52 SRE petitions pending.

Pelosi sets Tuesday deadline for reaching stimulus deal with White House

Source: By Erica Werner, Washington Post • Posted: Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Pelosi’s on-again-off-again talks with Mnuchin over a deal costing between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion have been dragging on for months without producing results. The window for action is narrowing fast. For the first time Pelosi put a deadline on them, indicating that if no agreement can be struck by Tuesday it will not be possible to produce a new relief deal by the election. Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for 75 minuteson Saturday and agreed to speak again on Monday.

Ethanol Producer POET LLC Expands Hand Sanitizer Production

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter • Posted: Friday, October 16th, 2020

Sioux Falls, South Dakota,-based POET LLC on Thursday broke ground on an expansion project at its Alexandria, Indiana, ethanol plant to increase production of hand sanitizer, according to a news release from the company. With the groundbreaking site work is scheduled to be completed in early 2021, according to the company. The project includes a $25 local investment, will create six new full-time jobs, and more than 50 construction jobs. The plant will be capable of producing 30 million to 35 million gallons of purified alcohol per year.

Pelosi, Mnuchin cite progress in economic relief talks but eye obstacles with Senate Republicans

Source: By Erica Werner and Jeff Stein, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, October 16th, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cited progress Thursday in their ongoing coronavirus-relief negotiations less than three weeks before the November elections, though the Democratic leader raised concerns about whether any big spending package could pass Congress given fierce resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate. The rapidly developing changes came late Thursday after a nearly 90-minute conversation between the two negotiators. They both cited progress in resolving one of Pelosi’s top demands, for a national strategic testing plan to better detect the coronavirus. Mnuchin told her that the White House would accept the Democrats’ proposal with some “minor” modifications, according to Pelosi’s spokesman — confirming comments Mnuchin himself had made earlier in the day.

Mnuchin Says Trump to Lean on McConnell If Stimulus Deal Reached

Source: By Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, October 16th, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday that President Donald Trump would personally lobby to get reluctant Senate Republicans behind any stimulus deal they reach. Trump said he’s willing to go beyond the $1.8 trillion offer for a virus relief plan that’s already been offered by the administration, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected that, saying GOP lawmakers won’t go along.