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NEWS UPDATE November 25, 2020

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish during the Thanksgiving holiday.  It resumes on Monday, November 30.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Story

George W. Bush’s EPA chief thinks Biden will revert agency to pre-Trump era

By Abby Smith, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

“It’s not going to be hard for him to show the commitment that he has” to the environment and climate change, which will help “alleviate a lot of the tension” that’s been at the EPA during the Trump administration, Whitman told the Washington Examiner in a recent interview. “There was not much belief, with good reason, that this particular administration cared about anything in the environment,” she added of President Trump’s White House. “The environment was just seen as an impediment to the president doing what he wanted to do relative to various industries and the base, basically, because that’s all he really focused on.” [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden’s Cabinet picks could transform energy world

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for Cabinet posts and high-level appointments yesterday signal a dramatic shift in U.S. energy and climate policy — with former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen likely as Treasury secretary and former Secretary of State John Kerry named as Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate. Although Biden is expected next month to name a domestic “climate czar” — a position designed to coordinate climate issues throughout federal agencies — the picks point to an administration already facing pressure to deliver on its sweeping campaign pledges, such as reaching 100% clean electricity over the next 15 years. [ read more … ]

Biden sends signal he is serious about climate change with John Kerry pick

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

The latest sign that Joe Biden plans to make tackling climate change a priority is his choice for chief climate diplomat. The president-elect is tapping John Kerry, the former secretary of state and the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee, to be his presidential climate envoy, the campaign announced Monday. Installing the senior statesman into the newly created position gives it gravitas at a time when U.S. credibility abroad on global warming and other issues has waned under President Trump. [ read more … ]

Markets

Ethanol recovery threatened by rising restrictions

By KTIC  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says fuel ethanol output for the week ending on November 13 totaled 962,000 barrels a day, down 1.5 percent from the previous week, which had the highest production level since the week ending on March 20. The last three weeks have been the most productive for American ethanol makers since March. The EIA says seasonal trends are part of the reason why the output is rising. However, when compared with previous years’ production levels, it shows that output is rising out of its COVID slump, though the pace is still slow. [ read more … ]

New Biofuel-Trading Venue Sees Untapped Demand in Green Revival

By Kim Chipman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

The U.S. market for biofuel credits has long drawn calls for reform over lack of transparency. Trading-technology expert Julian Anstes says he has the answer. Anstes and the firm he runs, London-based OTC Direct Markets Ltd., have developed an online trading platform set to go live Dec. 2 with at least 35 companies and 70 more in the pipeline, according to Anstes. OPIS by IHS Markit and brokerage Blackstar Markets LLC are partners. [ read more … ]

EVs

Plug-in hybrids in new emissions scandal as tests show higher pollution than claimed

By Julia Poliscanova, Transport & Environment  •    •  Posted November 24, 2020

The BMW X5, Volvo XC60 and Mitsubishi Outlander emitted 28-89% more CO2 than advertised when tested by Emissions Analytics on a fully charged battery in optimal conditions. On an empty battery, they emitted three to eight times more than official values. When driven in battery-charging mode, which could become more common as motorists charge up ahead of using electric mode in low-emissions zones, the PHEVs emitted three to 12 times more.
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