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Meet Richard Revesz, Biden’s choice for rules czar

Source: By Jean Chemnick, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

“There is no one alive who knows more about the regulatory process than Richard Revesz,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “He was in many ways the obvious choice for this job.” Richard Revesz, who was nominated this month to head the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has published multiple volumes on how the government can measure the costs and benefits of its rulemakings.

How Hertz and the EV could remake your car rental

Source: By David Ferris, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Hertz Corp., which is buying hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles, thinks the car itself is just the beginning of wholesale changes to the rental business. The person renting a car will notice only pieces of it: The rigid rules around fueling will change. Hertz’s partner, the oil company BP PLC, says the rental office, once a mere transition point, could become a sort of lounge with a place to eat.

Just 4% of North American Car Production Is Electric

Source: By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

For those with their hearts set on buying an electric car, here’s the critical math: Somewhere around one quarter of US drivers want one, but just 4% of the vehicles coming out of American factories fit the bill.  North American factories stamped out 7.4 million cars and trucks in the first half of this year, but only 323,000 of them were battery-powered, according to BloombergNEF and market forecaster LMC Automotive. That calculus is contributing to the dearth of affordable electric options, and means it will likely be years before everyone in the US with EV dreams is able to realize them. 

Biden Tells Oil Companies ‘Bring Down Prices You’re Charging’

Source: By Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

While US gasoline prices have come down from the highs seen this summer, they’re clearly still weighing on President Joe Biden, who on Monday repeated demands for oil companies to charge less. “Last month, the price of oil worldwide is down,” Biden said at a meeting of the White House Competition Council. “We haven’t seen the lower prices reflected at the pump, though. Meanwhile, oil and gas companies are still making record profits — billions of dollars in profit.”

Federal Government’s $20 Billion Embrace of ‘Climate Smart’ Farming

Source: By Linda Qiu, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

The land that Lindsay Klaunig and her partner bought five years ago in southeastern Ohio was ill-suited for farming: 80 acres of highly erosive hills and hollows susceptible to flooding, where cow manure and waste from a former dairy operation drained into a waterway. But through climate-friendly techniques and a little help from the Agriculture Department, Ms. Klaunig now grows heirloom vegetables, raises grass-fed cows and goats, and makes small-batch chocolate on her farm in Appalachia, named Trouvaille, or “lucky find.”

Story on U.S. ethanol plant emissions is withdrawn

Source: By Reuters Staff • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

The errors stemmed in part from a misinterpretation of Environmental Protection Agency data that included emissions from non-fuel products produced by the ethanol plants, such as alcohol for beverages or sanitizer. Three of the plants named in the story as top industry polluters – owned by Golden Triangle Energy, Central Indiana Ethanol and Green Plains Inc (GPRE.O) – produced mostly non-fuel products, according to the companies. That made the article’s comparison of their emissions to oil refineries inappropriate.

Electrify every vehicle? Hold on, say clean fuel backers

Source: BY ANDRES PICON, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Advocates of a national clean fuel standard are rallying around the idea that all clean fuels — not just electricity — should play a role in decarbonizing the high-polluting transportation sector, especially as large trucks, airplanes and ships remain slow to electrify. A broad range of groups is calling for a clean fuel standard as a way to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles while cultivating a stronger market for low-carbon fuels, from renewable diesel and cellulosic ethanol to clean hydrogen.

U.S. approves 50 states’ EV charging plans

Source: By David Shepardson, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) said it has approved the electric vehicle charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington and Puerto Rico covering about 75,000 miles of highways.
The November 2021 $1 trillion infrastructure bill provides $5 billion to help states install EV chargers along interstate highways over five years. States now have access to more than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers, USDOT said. The White House announced earlier this month it had approved 35 state plans.

For China’s Auto Market, Electric Isn’t the Future. It’s the Present.

Source: By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Claire Fu, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

While other E.V. markets are still heavily dependent on subsidies and financial incentives, China has entered a new phase: Consumers are weighing the merits of electric vehicles against gas-powered cars based on features and price without much consideration of state support. By comparison, the United States is far behind. This year, the country passed a key threshold of E.V.s accounting for 5 percent of new car sales. China passed that level in 2018.

Oil industry seeks SCOTUS lifeline amid mounting setbacks

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

The Supreme Court is poised to decide whether to wade into another fight between fossil fuel producers and nearly two dozen U.S. cities, states and counties suing the industry for climate change damages. At issue Wednesday — as the Supreme Court holds its first conference of a new term — is if the court will take up the industry’s request to move from state to federal court lawsuits that seek to hold fossil fuel producers financially liable for climate change.