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NEWS UPDATE July 10, 2020

Top Story

Corn Growers, Ethanol Supporters Again Challenge EPA’s Flawed Testing and Modeling

By Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

 Joining forces to challenge flawed science, a coalition including the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), ten state corn grower organizations and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) are pressuring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct its recent “Anti-Backsliding’ study. The coalition says the study is based on faulty modeling data that fails to recognize the role of ethanol in reducing pollution. [ read more … ]

EPA’s Anti-Back Sliding Study

RFA Supports EPA’s Proposed ‘Anti-Backsliding’ Determination, but Says Agency Used ‘Outdated and Unreliable’ Modeling

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association expressed support for the Agency’s proposal to determine that no additional measures are necessary to mitigate “potential adverse air quality impacts” associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard. However, RFA’s comments also challenged the flawed air quality modeling and analysis conducted by EPA to inform the proposed determination. [ read more … ]

Biofuel groups file comments on EPA’s anti-backsliding proposal

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed comments with the U.S. EPA on July 8 supporting the agency’s proposed anti-backsliding determination but criticizing the use of outdated and flawed data.
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Campaign 2020

Biden campaign’s climate change initiatives: Combating the climate crisis and pursuing environmental justice

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

Democrats affirm California’s statutory authority under the Clean Air Act to set its own emissions standards for cars and trucks. We will immediately convene California and other states
with labor, auto industry, and environmental leaders to inform ambitious executive actions that will enable the United States to lead the way in building a clean, 21st-century transportation system and stronger domestic manufacturing base powered by accessible, high-wage, union jobs. Democrats will move quickly to reestablish strong standards for clean cars and trucks that consider the most recent advances in technology, and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles in the United States while reclaiming market share for domestically-produced vehicles. [ read more … ]

Biden has a new climate road map. Here’s what’s missing

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

Climate investment goals, green job targets and key decarbonization deadlines were missing from an environmental platform published yesterday by a joint team of Joe Biden backers and Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters. The gaps point to potential sources of liberal conflict next year if Democrats retake control of the federal government. Even so, most greens and activists hailed the policy recommendations as an improvement over Biden’s current plans for global warming. [ read more … ]

Climate

Study: GHG cuts come with high costs

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

The high economic costs associated with the spring reduction in emissions, which it estimated at between $3,200 and $5,400 in lost economic activity per ton of reduced carbon dioxide depending on the speed of the nation’s economic recovery. That compares to about $11 to reduce each ton of CO2 under the Obama administration’s regulations for coal-fired power plants that were withdrawn by the Trump EPA. [ read more … ]

Markets

Policy and Investment Failures Doomed the Biofuel Revolution

By Todd Woody, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

The mood was celebratory on a humid June evening in 2011 as a red-and-white Gulfstream G450 belonging to Honeywell International Inc. took off from a New Jersey airport at sunset on a history-making flight to Paris. I was onboard the executive jet to report on the first transatlantic flight powered by biofuels. One of the Gulfstream’s engines was burning a blend of petroleum and a sustainable aviation fuel made with oil from the seeds of the inedible weed camelina. [ read more … ]

Texas drilling permits plunge 69%

By EnergyNow Media  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

The biggest oil-producing state in the country issued less than a third as many oil and gas drilling permits last month as it did in June 2019, another sign of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on the energy industry. The Railroad Commission of Texas — which regulates oil producers — approved 312 new drilling permits for oil and gas wells across the state last month, compared with 1,001 in June 2019, the state agency said Monday. [ read more … ]

Commentary

In latest feud between ethanol and oil interests over exemptions, farm states should win

By Editorial Board, Norfolk Daily News  •    •  Posted July 9, 2020

In this case, the oil industry should understand — even though it may not publicly admit it — that the latest round of exemption requests isn’t justified and should be rejected. This time around, the ethanol industry should come out ahead. [ read more … ]

 

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