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NEWS UPDATE July 24, 2019

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Democratic and Republican climate hawks jostle for attention ahead of recess

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

Climate hawks in both parties are angling ahead of Congress’ six-week August recess to demonstrate momentum, even if there is little to show. The Democratic leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday afternoon are hosting a press conference to introduce a “bold new plan that will guide the Committee’s approach to tackling the climate crisis.” [ read more … ]

E&C Dems set goals for comprehensive climate bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

Democrats said the goal marks the beginning of a legislative process to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gave few details about how they would achieve the ambitious target. But they’re expecting at least some input from Republicans as they move through hearings and advocate meetings over the next several months. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Judge rules against oil companies to keep climate liability case in Rhode Island

By Miranda Green, The Hill  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

A federal judge ruled against multiple oil and gas companies Monday, deciding that Rhode Island’s novel climate liability case can be tried in the state. The ruling will allow Rhode Island prosecutors to continue to bring charges against 21 oil and gas producers including Chevron, Shell and BP as the state tries to get the companies to help pay for damages caused by climate change. “This activity has released an immense amount of greenhouse gas into the Earth’s atmosphere, changing its climate and leading to all kinds of displacement, death (extinctions, even), and destruction,” the opinion also read. “What is more, Defendants understood the consequences of their activity decades ago, when transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy would have saved a world of trouble.” [ read more … ]

Texas attorney general takes over Valero emissions lawsuit

By Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has filed a lawsuit against Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, for pollution patterns that allegedly violate the Clean Air Act. The suit comes two months after the San Antonio-based company was sent a notice-of-intent-to-sue letter from three environmental groups: the Port Arthur Community Action Network, Environment Texas and the Sierra Club [ read more … ]

Op-Ed:The next moonshot: Clean energy revolution

By Mike Carr, The Hill  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

Really starting with bipartisan federal commitments to clean energy innovation in 2005, 2007 and again in 2009, the American innovation machine turned itself to perhaps its most grand goal yet. After all, creating renewable energy is recreating the millions of years of natural process that produced fossil fuels, only doing it immediately and without damaging our environment. It’s hard not to wonder at the audacity of this effort, much less how successful we’ve been. Solar would instantly convert the energy of the sun into usable electricity. Wind turbines, modern marvels of engineering, would convert everything from the slightest breeze to the strongest offshore gale to light whole cities. Biofuels would condense to hours and days the process of millions of years of temperature and pressure on ancient plants to produce liquid fuels and products from plants grown by farmers today. [ read more … ]

Proposed RFS Obligations Widely Met with Dissatisfaction

By William C. Schillaci, EHS daily Advisor  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

The EPA’s proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for petroleum refiners, which are required under the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), were greeted with almost universal disapproval from the ethanol industry and the farmers who grow crops that are converted into ethanol. The objections derive from two issues. First, the proposal indicates no intention on the part of the EPA to reallocate renewable fuel volumes lost because of hardship exemptions from RVOs the Agency granted to small refineries. Second, the EPA is proposing to respond to a court remand to reconsider its original 2016 RVOs by adhering to its 500-million-gallon (gal) reduction of those obligations. The Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) succinctly summarized the negative reactions to the proposal.
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Philadelphia Energy Solutions seen selling RIN credits in months before bankruptcy: sources

By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

Philadelphia Energy Solutions has been seen selling biofuel credits, called Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), in the months leading up to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, market sources said. PES said on Monday that the company filed for bankruptcy, its second such filing in less than two years, after a fire last month prompted it to close the largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Biofuels Releases Mid Year Report

By CINDY ZIMMERMAN, Ag.Wired.com  •    •  Posted July 24, 2019

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2019 First Half Report last week, giving an overview of Minnesota’s ethanol industry in the first six months of 2019 and what they have been doing to help increase ethanol consumption in the state. MN Biofuels executive director Tim Rudnicki says the report highlights projects in the fields of advocacy, communications and fuel supply in the first half of 2019.
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