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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE October 30, 2020

Top Story

Iowa farmer reaps fortune selling carbon credits to Shopify

By Justina Vasquez, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Iowa’s Kelly Garrett is the first one in five generations of toiling the family farm to cash in on what plants and soil do naturally — trap carbon dioxide from the air. The crop-and-cattle farmer is selling credits from removing 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide off his Crawford County farm yearly to e-commerce company Shopify Inc. through a carbon-credit marketplace run by Seattle-based Nori LLC. Garrett expects a check for up to $290,000 from selling credits he earned between 2014 and 2019 through a Locus Agricultural Solutions program that guides farmers through the process and offers access to soil nutrients that increase carbon absorption. [ read more … ]

RFS Exemptions

Ethanol supporters frustrated by lack of transparency on waivers take case to court

By Steve White, Fox NE  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Ethanol backers frustrated by a lack of government transparency are asking a federal court to intervene. The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed a motion in federal court asking for the District Court of the District of Columbia to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give basic details on waivers given to small refineries. The biofuels industry has been concerned about the EPA’s “radical escalation” to grant Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs). [ read more … ]

Zero Emission Vehicles

Grassley critical of Democrat environmental legislation

By Matt Kelley, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is lambasting newly-proposed environmental legislation by four Democratic senators which he says would “absolutely destroy Iowa’s economy.” Grassley describes the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act as a “far left scheme” which would strip away consumer choice and do irreparable harm to our state’s agriculture-based economy. “This proposal mandates that only electric vehicles can be sold by 2035 and it would also mandate half of all new cars be electric in just five years,” Grassley says. “Can you imagine?” [ read more … ]

Biden wants to end gas car sales. He hasn’t said when

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

If Joe Biden wins the White House next week, he could take action to phase out gasoline-powered cars across the country, observers say. But it remains to be seen how the former vice president would pursue the aggressive climate goal — and how much opposition he would face from affected industries. Biden’s climate plan calls for “developing rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified.” [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Walz touts ethanol production as he stumps for Biden

By Noah Fish,  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

“We know we have to fight climate change, and we also know there’s going to be a bridge time as we move from fossil fuels into newer technologies,” Walz said. “Ethanol and biofuels are here to do that.” The governor described it as “fighting the fight” to move away from fossil fuels, and that’s why as a member of Congress he pushed for the Renewable Fuel Standard to include more ethanol. But Walz said the Trump administration “simply hasn’t followed those rules.” [ read more … ]

Scientists see a future without emissions. Does Biden?

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Joe Biden’s climate plan hinges on an ambitious target: to make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050. It’s a goal that technically aligns with the world’s climate targets. But whether a Biden administration would actually be able to pull it off — and whether the rest of the world could follow suit — is another question. [ read more … ]

CARB’s Nichols Would Accept EPA Administrator Nomination Under Biden

By InsideEPA  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

California air board chief Mary Nichols says she would accept the job of EPA administrator if offered the post under a Biden administration. Nichols is optimistic about pursuing some of these programs at the national level, but says doing so would be complicated. “One example would certainly be the [LCFS], which would be a replacement” for EPA’s current renewable fuel standard (RFS), which is a “mandate for renewable gasoline — it’s an ethanol mandate, basically.’ [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.