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NEWS UPDATE December 2, 2020

Top Story

Special Report: U.S. air monitors routinely miss pollution – even refinery explosions

By Tim McLaughlin, Laila Kearney, Laura Sanicola, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

When explosions ripped through a Philadelphia oil refinery last year, the shock waves knocked Felicia Menna’s front door frame out of place. Then came the black smoke. “My throat was closing shut,” recalled Menna, who lives about a mile away. “My nostrils felt like they were on fire.”
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Trump admin misses RFS deadline, expected to punt to Biden

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

EPA missed its Nov. 30 deadline to set next year’s biofuel volumes under the federal renewable fuel standard and is all but certain to leave that job to the incoming Biden administration. The renewable fuel standard law requires EPA to set final regulations for the coming year by Nov. 30, but the agency has yet to even release a proposal, a delay some industry representatives attribute in part to market uncertainties tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Ford says automakers should consider backing California emissions deal

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

Ford Motor Co is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. Major automakers are set to discuss next steps at a virtual meeting of their auto trade association Tuesday, which comes a week after General Motors Co abruptly announced it would no longer back the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to bar California from setting its own vehicle emissions rules. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden taps adviser who ties gasoline price to emissions

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s financial policy will be shaped — at least in part — by an economic adviser who believes fossil fuels are “severely underpriced” because they don’t consider the harm caused by climate change. Biden announced yesterday that Jared Bernstein would be one of three members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Bernstein previously served as Biden’s economic adviser during his vice presidency, from 2009 to 2011, and was a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank in Washington.
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Ontario to require 15% renewable content in gasoline by 2030

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

The government of Ontario announced on Nov. 26 it has amended its clean fuels regulations and will ramp up its requirement for renewable content in gasoline to 15 percent by 2030. The change is will boost demand for biofuels, including ethanol. Ontario currently requires 10 percent renewable content in gasoline. Under the amended regulations, that requirement will ramp up to 11 percent in 2025, 13 percent in 2028 and 15 percent in 2030. [ read more … ]

RFA Review: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly All 2021 Vehicles, but FFV Offerings Continue to Slide

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

An annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15 gasoline, far fewer models are being offered as flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of operating on fuel blends containing up to 85% ethanol. [ read more … ]

$7 million allocated to Iowa renewable fuels retailers

By Natalina Sents, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig rolled out the Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery program that includes $7 million in CARES Act funding for renewable fuel retailers in the state today. Relief funds are intended to help gas stations, truck stops, co-ops, and other renewable fuel retailers recover from disruption and lost demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 167 retailers awarded grant funding include 101 ethanol projects and 137 biodiesel projects.
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Gasoline Car Bans Show Why Market Forces Aren’t Always Enough

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

It’s been a strange year, so you’d be forgiven for missing an odd thing that happened in the U.K. last month. When Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leader of the Conservative Party, banned sales of new internal combustion engine cars from 2030, the decision was supported by the likes of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the Confederation of British Industry, a powerful business group.  How did these champions of market-driven policies and fewer regulations become promoters of such a heavy-handed intervention? [ read more … ]

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