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NEWS UPDATE April 22, 2020

Top Story

Petroleum Interests Ask EPA to Conduct New 2020 RFS Rulemaking

By Todd Neeley, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

The American Petroleum Institute asked the EPA to reconsider the 2020 volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard after a federal court ruled the agency mishandled small-refinery exemptions. The ethanol and refining industries are waiting for the agency to decide whether it will apply nationally a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, that the agency inappropriately approved many SREs without merit. [ read more … ]

Pandemic Impact

America’s Green Fuel Is Likely to Escape Negative Prices

By Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 22, 2020

The American ethanol industry has been absolutely pummeled in the last year, forcing a wave of production shutdowns across the Midwest. It turns out the idle plants could end up saving the greener fuel from the fate of negative prices that were seen in oil. U.S. supplies of corn-based ethanol have swelled to a record as the coronavirus pandemic keeps drivers off roads. But here’s why biofuel prices, while still tumbling, are at least not likely to go below zero. [ read more … ]

New RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry Could See $10 Billion in Losses Due to COVID-19

By Ken Colombini, Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic and crude oil glut continue to ravage world fuel markets, U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and the industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) could drop by nearly one-third, according to a new analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The economic losses stem from a “pernicious combination of steep production cuts and sharply lower prices” in response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and the resulting collapse in fuel consumption, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Coronavirus stimulus money will be wasted on fossil fuels

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

As countries across the world go into lockdown in response to Covid-19, economies are in free fall. Almost every sector is taking a hit, hemorrhaging jobs and value. And almost every sector will be shaped, for years to come, by the speed, amount, and nature of public assistance it receives. There is a finite amount of time, resources, and political will available to get economies going again; not every sector will get what it wants or needs. [ read more … ]

EPA/Air Pollution

Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

High levels of air pollution may be “one of the most important contributors” to deaths from Covid-19, according to research. The analysis shows that of the coronavirus deaths across 66 administrative regions in Italy, Spain, France and Germany, 78% of them occurred in just five regions, and these were the most polluted. [ read more … ]

In the air

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

Close to half the U.S. population has lived with and breathed polluted air, according to a new report out today from the American Lung Association . The group’s annual “State of the Air” report, which examines data on ozone pollution and particle pollution, found more cities are experiencing more days with spikes in particle pollution compared to last year’s report. Nine of the most polluted cities reached their most days ever reported. [ read more … ]

EPA enforcement is down while industry violations across the Midwest are up, new report says

By Sarah Bowman, Indy Star  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

Industries across the Midwest are violating their permits and environmental regulations at an increasing rate, while enforcement of such polluters is on the decline, according to a new report out today by the Environmental Law and Policy Center. After a nearly four-year downturn, the number of facilities across the Great Lakes region in significant noncompliance — or serious violations that pose a severe level of concern — of the Clean Water Act have nearly doubled since 2017. [ read more … ]

White House pushed EPA for looser ‘forever chemical’ regulation: documents

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

The White House pushed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to loosen a potential regulation regarding a class of cancer-linked chemicals, according to documents released by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).  The chemicals, called PFAS, are also sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence in both the environment and the human body. They can be found in a variety of products including raincoats, cookware and firefighting foam.  [ read more … ]

Markets

A hunt for any storage space turns urgent as oil glut grows

By Devika Krishna Kumar and Jennifer Hiller, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

The telephone lines have been ringing at Adler Tank Rentals in Texas as oil companies found a new use for steel tanks that had been left idle when shale producers stopped drilling – they want to use the tanks to store some of an oil glut that has overwhelmed the market and flipped U.S. crude prices negative for the first time. Hundreds of millions of barrels of crude have gushed into storage worldwide in the past two months as the coronavirus-related lockdowns wiped out around a third of global oil demand. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

The ‘Profoundly Radical’ Message of Earth Day’s First Organizer

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 21, 2020

One day in the fall of 1969, Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard, snagged a 10-minute meeting with Gaylord Nelson, a United States senator from Wisconsin who had been talking up his idea for a national teach-in about environmentalism. The visit stretched into a two-hour conversation, and at the end of it Mr. Hayes had a job. He ended up organizing the original Earth Day on April 22, 1970. [ read more … ]

 

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