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NEWS UPDATE July 23, 2019

Top Story

Dems debate in Motor City. Will cars and climate be a focus?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

“Holding a debate in Detroit and not discussing auto pollution would be like having one at the Vatican and not discussing religion,” said Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign. The candidates could harness the setting’s symbolism as the birthplace of cars to challenge automakers to address a major environmental problem, some climate advocates say. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

BP Boosts Its Biofuels Business with Brazilian Joint Venture

By Sarah McFarlane, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

Energy giant BP BP 0.31% PLC is doubling down on biofuels with a joint venture with agricultural trader Bunge Ltd. in Brazil, betting that the global movement to reduce carbon emissions will boost demand for low-carbon fuels. Ethanol’s greenhouse gas emissions are around 70% lower than hydrocarbon transport fuels, and around 70% of vehicles in Brazil can run on ethanol. The joint venture will also produce electricity from the waste biomass of the sugar cane. [ read more … ]

Bill Wehrum, an Architect of E.P.A. Rollbacks, Faces New Ethics Inquiry

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate allegations that William L. Wehrum, the agency’s former air quality chief, violated ethics rules when he met with former clients from his days as a lawyer and lobbyist for the oil, gas and coal industries. The inquiry will look into whether Mr. Wehrum’s efforts at the E.P.A. to weaken climate change and air pollution standards improperly benefited those former clients, a congressional aide said. [ read more … ]

Climate Change Will Drive Up Crop Insurance Costs

By Chris Clayton, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

Barring some changes to the Federal Crop Insurance Program, farmers in the latter part of the century will face higher premium and taxpayers will likely pay higher subsidies to cover the program costs. Under a hotter climate scenario, the total cost of crop insurance to cover the soybean crop could double while the costs of the insurance program for protecting the corn crop could go up 21%, USDA’s Economic Research Service stated. [ read more … ]

Fire forces Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy again

By Akshay Balan, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) filed for its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than two years on Sunday, a court filing showed, a month after a fire and explosion led to the permanent shutdown of the biggest oil refinery on the U.S. East Coast. PES said in June it will seek to permanently shut its oil refinery in Philadelphia after the massive fire caused substantial damage to the complex.
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Plea Agreement Reached in Biodiesel Fraud Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted July 23, 2019

The former owners/operators of a biodiesel plant in Utah have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in a biodiesel tax and renewable identification numbers, or RINs, fraud case, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City on July 18. Washakie Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer Jacob O. Kingston, Washakie Chief Financial Officer Isaiah Kingston, Special Projects Manager Rachel Kingston, Jacob Kingston’s wife and Compliance Manager Sally Kingston, pleaded guilty to multiple charges. [ read more … ]

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