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NEWS UPDATE January 27, 2020

Top Story

Court forces U.S. EPA to reconsider three refinery biofuel waivers

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider three of the biofuel waivers it recently granted to small oil refineries, arguing the agency’s justification for approving the exemptions was flawed. The decision ihere from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit dated Jan. 24 came after a coalition of biofuel industry groups had challenged the 2016 exemptions for Holly Frontier’s Woods Cross and Cheyenne refineries, as well as CVR Energy’s Wynewood refinery. [ read more … ]

Climate

Gas Exports Have a Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

By Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

In May, while President Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved. The president has greenlit 11 projects so far, bringing the U.S. total to 18. Environmentalists once touted the fuel, nicknamed “freedom gas” by the Trump administration, as a better energy alternative, but an analysis shows the plants’ potential carbon dioxide emissions rival those of coal.
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Big Business Says It Will Tackle Climate Change, but Not How or When

By David Gelles and Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

Business titans who for decades brushed off warnings about climate change arrived at the annual World Economic Forum this week ready to show their newfound enthusiasm for the cause. Having previously played down the need for the reform that scientists had urged, finance leaders and company chiefs conspicuously rallied around a consensus that accelerating global temperatures pose a significant risk to society — and to business.
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Don’t blame U.S. biofuels for Indonesia and Malaysia deforestation, study shows

By Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

Since 1990, the United States has ramped up its production of biofuels — to about 16 billion gallons of ethanol and 1.6 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2017. At the same time, production of palm oil has increased nearly sixfold, mainly for food production, and with it significant deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. That overlap has led some analysts to blame the United States for deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, suggesting that the expansion in palm oil production is driven by biofuel production in U.S. But a Purdue University study shows that only a scant fraction of the deforestation in those countries can be pinned on U.S. biofuel production and policy. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump tries to woo struggling farmers with new water rule

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

In the past two weeks, Trump has delivered some of his biggest wins for farmers, shepherding through an initial trade deal with China that would boost agricultural purchases, securing the passage of a new agreement with Canada and Mexico, and on Thursday, offering his replacement for Obama’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was near universally-despised by farmers. But Trump’s efforts to woo farmers who say they are undecided for 2020 may come up short, as a new water policy will do little to counter the financial hits agricultural producers have taken from tariffs. [ read more … ]

Trump weakened environmental laws after BP lobbying

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

BP has successfully lobbied US policymakers to weaken a landmark environmental law, clearing the way for major infrastructure projects to bypass checks. US government documents show BP America lobbied in favour of Donald Trump’s decision to dilute legislation, which could make it easier for new projects, such as oil pipelines and power plants, to move forward with far less federal review of their impact on the environment.
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US Department of Energy to invest $300 million in sustainable transportation research

By Biofuel News  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest almost $300 million (€271.9 million) in research and development of sustainable transportation resources and technologies, including drop-in biofuels. The investment, which was announced by under secretary of energy Mark W. Menzes, supports the DOE’s goal of ensuring that as the transportation system transforms, consumers have access to affordable, clean, efficient and domestic energy options. [ read more … ]

US data: EIA says ethanol production falls sharply, but stocks show large build

By EIA  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

US ethanol production averaged 1.049 million b/d for the week ended January 17, a 46,000 b/d decrease compared with the previous week but still up 18,000 b/d year on year, Energy Information Administration data showed Thursday. Production was below market expectation and follows a seven-month high the previous week.
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EVs

Amazon, Lime part of new alliance to accelerate EVs

By Jason Plautz, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted January 26, 2020

Amazon, AT&T, Siemens and Lime are among the founding members of a new partnership seeking to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) through strategic collaboration.
The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance will leverage combined demand to push for production of new EV models and infrastructure, especially in the delivery and shipping sectors. The members will also push for state and federal policies to promote EVs.  [ read more … ]

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