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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 28, 2021

Top Story

Study: Ethanol decreases greenhouse gas emissions

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

The study’s lead author says the new work is the first comprehensive life cycle analysis of ethanol’s greenhouse gas impact in the past decade, taking in 28 years’ worth of data. Researchers from the firm, as well as Harvard and Tufts universities, reviewed ethanol from the corn-planting stage to production and consumption, drawing on a wide range of research papers sometimes published in bulletins and other obscure places, he said. [ read more … ]


Biofuel debate awaits Biden on way to court

By Joseph Morton, Roll Call  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

Biofuel backers celebrated a landmark legal victory around this time last year only to be unnerved by the Supreme Court’s announcement earlier this month that it will review the decision. At issue is a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that severely restricts which refiners are eligible for exemptions from the federal mandate known as the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, expressed shock the justices agreed to hear the case given their typical focus on areas where the lower courts are in conflict. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden launches historic, governmentwide climate action

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

President Biden raced toward fulfilling his gargantuan climate promises  with a sweeping effort to create clean energy jobs and begin phasing out fossil fuels one week into his presidency. The executive orders signed by Biden focus on helping front-line communities affected by pollution, address job losses in coal mining regions and bring climate science back to federal agencies after facing isolation during the Trump administration. [ read more … ]

Granholm vows to protect workers as GOP fumes

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

Energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm looked to alleviate concerns about potential fossil fuel job losses from the Biden administration’s clean energy push. The former Michigan governor made the case yesterday that her “obsession” with job creation qualifies her to lead the new administration’s clean energy employment goals, an effort with the potential to create more energy jobs than existed before. “I believe that I was nominated by President Biden because I am obsessed with creating good-paying jobs in America,” Granholm said. [ read more … ]

Biden’s Climate-Change Policy Targets Oil Industry

By Timothy Puko, Ken Thomas and Andrew Restuccia, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

The oil industry is emerging as a primary target of President Biden’s climate policy, setting the stage for a confrontation that could shape the future of the energy sector. The president is expected to issue an executive order Wednesday that would suspend new oil and gas leasing on federal land, people familiar with the matter say, in what is widely seen as a first step toward fulfilling Mr. Biden’s campaign pledge to stop drilling on federal lands and offshore. [ read more … ]

Gov. Reynolds plans to build relationship with President Biden to protect biofuels

By John Steppe, The Gazette  •    •  Posted January 27, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking forward to “building those same relationships” with President Joe Biden and his Environmental Protection Agency staff that she had with the Trump administration to protect biofuels, Reynolds said during Tuesday’s virtual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Reynolds, a self-described “tireless advocate and unwavering fighter of the biofuels industry,” pointed to EPA small-refinery exemptions granted during the Trump administration as a key challenge to Iowa’s future ethanol success. [ read more … ]


Green Plains to Sell Ord, Nebraska Ethanol Plant for $64 Million

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 28, 2021

Omaha-based Green Plains Inc. entered into an asset purchase agreement with GreenAmerica Biofuels Ord LLC to sell its 65-million-gallon ethanol plant in Ord, Nebraska, for $64 million and working capital. According to a news release from Green Plains Ord also entered into an asset-purchase agreement to acquire the storage and transportation assets and railcar leases associated with the Ord ethanol plant for $27 million. [ read more … ]

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