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Biofuels, Carbon Capture and Storage

Source: By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

Protestors opposed to carbon pipeline projects in Iowa disrupted the opening of a two-day Carbon Capture Conference and Expo. At least seven people stood up at separate times during an early panel discussion Tuesday, blowing whistles and cursing representatives from carbon pipeline and associated industries in attendance at the event. “Carbon Capture pipelines are not safe!” yelled one protestor as he was being escorted out. “They will kill us and kill our environment!”

U.S. year-round sales of an ethanol-gas blend wins oil group’s support

Source: By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

A Republican U.S. senator plans to submit federal legislation with the support of a major oil industry trade group that would expand national sales of E15, a higher ethanol-gasoline blend. Senator Deb Fischer, of Nebraska, the third-largest U.S. corn-producing state, told Reuters on Thursday she believes there is a path forward for year-round sales of E15, which has been opposed in the past by some oil and environmental groups. The API began cooperating with the biofuels trade group after governors from major corn-producing Midwestern states requested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency effectively lift restrictions on E15 sales in their states, the source said. The governors’ proposal raised oil industry concerns about fuel supplies.

EPA Nears Release Of Key RFS ‘Set’ Plan As OMB Commences Review

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

EPA has taken a step closer to proposing its long-overdue “set” rule that will establish biofuel blending volumes for 2023 and beyond under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), sending the plan for White House Office of Management and Budget review ahead of an extended judicial deadline of Nov. 30 to release the precedent-setting regulation. According to OMB’s website, EPA sent the rule for review Nov. 9. Typically, OMB review can take up to 90 days, but can be faster or slower, depending on the circumstances.

API, RFA agree on legislative plan to lift E15 sale restrictions: sources

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

The American Petroleum Institute and the Renewable Fuels Association have agreed on proposed legislative language that could lift existing restrictions on the year-round sale of E15 in the U.S., sources said Wednesday at the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America’s annual conference in Los Angeles.

Collin Peterson on the Erosion of Rural Democratic Voices in Congress

Source: By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

Peterson said it’s hard to draft farm policy with just one party and get a bill passed. That’s one reason nutrition policy is so important because on Democratic side of the House right now because there will be so few Democrats in the House who focus on production agriculture in their district. In Minnesota, Rep. Angie Craig won her district, in the Illinois 17th District, the northwest corner of Illinois, Democrat Eric Sorensen won the seat that retiring Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos held. And in California, Rep. Jim Costa represents a large dairy district. Describing what voters in rural districts hear about Democrats, Peterson said, “You’ve got guns, you’ve got abortion. You’ve got Critical Race Theory, and transgender bathrooms, and that’s what we hear a lot out here in these rural districts, and it works.”

Biden Casts America as Climate Leader and Promises a ‘Low-Carbon Future’

Source: By Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

President Biden appeared before an overflowing United Nations convention on Friday to reclaim America’s role as a leader on climate change and to stress a renewed U.S. commitment to stop the planet from catastrophic warming. Mr. Biden came to Egypt as the president who muscled through a landmark climate law, one that provides a record $370 billion to accelerate America’s transition away from the fossil fuels that have underpinned its economy for 150 years.

Four States Just Got a ‘Trifecta’ of Democratic Control, Paving the Way for Climate and Clean Energy Legislation

Source: By Dan Gearino, Aman Azhar, Aydali Campa, Inside Climate News • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, won re-election against Republican Scott Jensen. Democrats completed their trifecta by retaining control of the state House and gaining control of the state Senate. But their edge in the Senate may be as small as one seat, as results are still being tabulated. Minnesota had come close to passing major climate and clean energy legislation even with Republicans in control of the Senate, and environmental advocates hope that this shift in power will provide enough of a nudge to finally pass a commitment to get to 100 percent carbon-free electricity.

Electric Vehicles Start to Enter the Car-Buying Mainstream

Source: By Jack Ewing and Peter Eavis, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, November 13th, 2022

The first wave of people who bought electric cars tended to be affluent, environmentally aware technology enthusiasts who lived in California. The second wave may be people like Russell Grooms, a librarian in Virginia. Mr. Grooms last year bought a battery-powered Nissan Leaf, spending about $20,000 after government incentives, as a way to save money on gasoline.

What’s next for climate politics? 7 results offer clues.

Source: By Adam Aton, Scott Waldman, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

At the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, top Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington has vowed to probe the Energy Department’s loans and spending, calling it “Solyndra on steroids.” She also said she would investigate how Biden “shut down American energy.” The same is expected from the House Natural Resources Committee, where top Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas has previewed wide-ranging inquiries into the Interior Department, NOAA, the Forest Service and the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. Citing this year’s Supreme Court decision curtailing executive authority, West Virginia v. EPA, Westerman has warned Cabinet officials that Republicans would closely scrutinize Biden’s climate regulations.

Oil and gas greenhouse emissions ‘three times higher’ than producers claim

Source: By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas facilities around the world are about three times higher than their producers claim, new data has shown. Climate Trace, a project to measure at source the true levels of carbon dioxide and other global heating gases, published a new report on Wednesday showing that half of the 50 largest sources of greenhouse gases in the world were oil and gas fields and production facilities. Many are underreporting their emissions, and there are few means of calling them to account.