Iowa awaits ruling affecting farming and ethanol production after Supreme Court arguments

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Christopher Michel, a U.S. Department of Justice assistant to the solicitor general, said few refineries have closed. “EPA denied about 18 petitions between 2013 and 2015, and as far as we know, only one small refinery went out of business after that,” he told Justice Elena Kagan. “At the end of the day, this is a statute that’s aimed at transforming the fuel supply, and ultimately it is necessary to bring all the small refineries into compliance,” Michel said. “That’s after all, I think, what Congress meant by a temporary exemption that can be extended only under certain circumstances.” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a statement Tuesday that “Congress intended to advance renewable fuels, and not freely grant exemptions to small refineries.”

The court’s ruling is expected in June.

U.S. renewable fuel credits climb to highest since at least 2013 -traders

Source: By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

U.S. renewable fuel credits soared on Tuesday to the highest on record, as higher costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits, traders said. Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded at $1.50 each, up from $1.44 in the previous session, traders said. Biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in cases involving Renewable Fuel Standards Program

Source: By Ian Profiri, U. Calgary Law School • Posted: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

The US argues showing the removal was “fundamentally unfair” is not sufficient to satisfy § 1326(d). Its argument states that the provision implies all criteria need to be met before an exemption is granted, that a misapplication of a prior conviction satisfies the criteria in full is a mistake of law. Palomar-Santiago argues that the satisfaction of the final requirement provides that the remaining requirements are as well, further arguing procedural rules should not have such a substantial effect on a person’s constitutional rights. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in defense of Palomar-Santiago, contends that using an administrative order as a pre-requisite for conviction, while simultaneously making it difficult to challenge said order, results in a miscarriage of justice.

SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Major RFS Case

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter • Posted: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

The future of the small-refinery exemptions program likely will come down to the meaning of the word “extension” in the Renewable Fuel Standard. During oral arguments Tuesday, justices on the U.S. Supreme Court quizzed attorneys for the federal government, biofuels groups and refiners on how they interpret the word. Refining company HollyFrontier brought the question before the court this spring in an appeal of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver in January 2020.

A clash over renewable fuels hinges on the meaning of a single word

Source: By Emily Hammond, SCOTUSblog • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association. The case presents an issue of statutory interpretation involving the Renewable Fuel Standard  program — a part of the Clean Air Act that calls for incorporating renewable fuels into transportation fuels. With the meaning of the word “extension” at the core of the dispute, the case promises to yield insights into the justices’ interpretive stances. As clean-energy initiatives are introduced in Congress and considered by federal agencies, observers likely will also watch for whether and how the justices are willing to consider the policy implications of the broader statutory context.

Corn hits near 8-year high on global supply woes

Source: By Naveen Thukral, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Chicago corn futures rose for a seventh consecutive session on Tuesday, with the market touching a nearly eight-year high as adverse weather in Brazil and the United States raised concerns over global supplies. Wheat climbed to its highest since February 2013, while soybeans hit a near eight-year peak.

Indiana governor vetoes proposal requiring enhanced ethanol labeling at Indiana fuel pumps

Source: By Robert Blaszkiewicz, NW Times • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed legislation that would have required fuel blends containing between 10% and 15% ethanol, also known as E15, be prominently labeled on Indiana fuel pumps. Senate Enrolled Act 303 proposed mandating a label be placed next to the selection button on fuel pumps that included in large, bold type — “Attention: E15. Check owner’s manual for compatibility and warranty requirements.”

Honda to phase out gas cars, aiming for 100% electric vehicles in North America by 2040

Source: By Nathan Bomey, USAToday • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Honda is aiming to sell only electric vehicles in North America by 2040, joining several other automakers that have made similar announcements recently. The Japanese automaker called it a goal, not a commitment, echoing similar language used by its competitors as they leave open the possibility of selling conventional cars for longer.

Governor Inslee open to special session for transportation package

Source: By Jerry Cornfield, The Daily Herald • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Gov Jay Inslee on Monday celebrated lawmakers’ passage of two major climate change bills he’s pursued for years. Now, to carry them out, he’s got to get them to do one more thing — agree on a transportation package with a nickel hike in the gas tax. And if it means summoning lawmakers into special session, he’s ready.

Biden Moves to Restore California’s Power to Fight Car Pollution

Source: By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday took a key step toward restoring California’s power to limit greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and overturn a Trump-era policy that pitted the federal government against a state seeking to eventually ban conventional gas-powered cars. The Environmental Protection Agency released a formal notice asking for public comment as it considers restoring a waiver that enables California to mandate zero-emission vehicles and enforce its own stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. The Trump administration yanked that waiver in 2019.