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NEWS UPDATE January 6, 2021

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EPA finalizes rule to limit science behind public health safeguards

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule to limit what research it can use to craft public health protections, a move opponents argue is aimed at crippling the agency’s ability to more aggressively regulate the nation’s air and water. The “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, which the administration began pursuing early in President Trump’s term, would require researchers to disclose the raw data involved in their public health studies before the agency could rely upon their conclusions. It will apply this new set of standards to “dose-response studies,” which evaluate how much a person’s exposure to a substance increases the risk of harm. [ read more … ]


U.S. renewable fuel credits climb to 3-yr high as EPA misses deadline

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

U.S. renewable fuel credits rose on Monday to a three-year high, traders said, after the Trump administration failed for the second time to meet a deadline to propose rules on the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel mix this year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been aiming for Dec. 31 to propose a rule on so-called Renewable Volume Obligations for 2021, according to its agenda on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ website. The EPA previously missed a Nov. 30 deadline, after the coronavirus pandemic complicated the rulemaking process.
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The Transition

Ga. could decide if the U.S. gets clean cars

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Biden campaigned on a climate platform that called for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Meeting that goal depends on slashing emissions from transportation, the country’s largest source of greenhouse gases, by getting more people into clean cars and onto public transit. A key policy lever for reducing the cost of clean cars is the federal EV tax credit, which allows EV buyers to receive up to $7,500 back after filing their tax returns. The credit expires after an automaker has sold 200,000 eligible vehicles. Both Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co. have reached the cap.
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Biden Climate Plan Looks For Buy-in From Farmers Who Are Often Skeptical About Global Warming

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

When the incoming Biden administration released its policy roadmap in November, it was clear that tackling climate change would be a top priority and agriculture will be a key part of a broad, cross-agency effort.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the administration said, “has not historically received the sustained political attention of other agencies that play a role in climate policy.” But it would become “a lynchpin of the next Administration’s climate strategy.” The incoming administration’s clear focus on climate change was remarkable. That it would enlist the country’s farms and farmers—who are largely skeptical of climate change—in the battle was even more so.  [ read more … ]


Ingredients maker Ingredion stops ethanol output at Cedar Rapids facility

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Ingredion Inc said on Tuesday it has stopped ethanol production at its manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, making it the latest company to cut ethanol output after the coronavirus pandemic choked demand for fuel. The coronavirus pandemic battered the U.S. ethanol industry, at one point halving its production capacity. Production capacity as of Jan. 1, 2020 was 1.13 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. [ read more … ]

Iowa Ethanol Plant Ceasing Production, Cites Poor Economics

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Ingredion Inc. is stopping production at its 45-million-gallon ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the end of January as continued industry struggles forced the hand of the company. In a letter sent to suppliers of the plant this week, Kevin Keiser, senior manager of commodity purchasing at Ingredion in Cedar Rapids, outlined a number of reasons for the decision. [ read more … ]

OPEC, allies adjourn meeting over oil production levels

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Members of the OPEC oil cartel and allied countries including Russia yesterday adjourned a meeting weighing whether to increase production further next month as the pandemic continues to sap demand for energy and create uncertainty about when recovery might come. The oil-producing countries were to meet again today. In December, the group decided to add back a modest 500,000 barrels per day to the oil market, and to review production monthly with a goal of restoring 2 million barrels a day. [ read more … ]


4 ways 2021 could be the year of the EV

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Whether you look to the manufacturing floor or the Oval Office, 2021 is shaping up as pivotal year for the electric vehicle. “I’m becoming more optimistic that 2021 could become a breakout year for EVs,” said Nick Nigro, the founder of Atlas Public Policy, echoing a common view among industry observers. The billions of dollars that major automakers have sunk into vehicle development are starting to manifest into mainstream vehicles with features people want. And the EV will have an ally in President-elect Joe Biden, who has made it a centerpiece of his plan to combat climate change. Yet several factors could make the party fizzle. [ read more … ]

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