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NEWS UPDATE February 10, 2021

Top Story

Fossil Fuel Pollution Kills 8.7 Million a Year, Twice Previous Estimate

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

The results underscore a fact absent from much public debate and discussion about climate change. While the fight to stop greenhouse gas pollution by curtailing fossil fuel use is framed in terms of how it would improve the future, it’s also true that fossil fuels are killing millions of people right now. That’s how Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, understands the new research. [ read more … ]

Fine Particulate Emissions

Study finds more PM deaths from fossil fuels

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Burning fossil fuels causes more premature deaths around the world than previous research suggested, according to new research in the journal Environmental Research. The study , conducted by British and American researchers and funded partly by the Wallace Global Fund, uses recent studies on fine particulate matter exposure to estimate the health impacts of fossil fuel-related PM2.5 (filtering out PM from natural and biogenic sources). The researchers estimated a global premature mortality of 8.7 million annually from fossil fuel-derived PM2.5 emissions. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five premature deaths globally: study

By Matthew Green, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Pollution from fossil fuels causes one in five premature deaths globally, suggesting the health impacts of burning coal, oil and natural gas may be far higher than previously thought, according to a study published on Tuesday. Parts of China, India, Europe and the northeastern United States are among the hardest-hit areas, suffering a disproportionately high share of 8.7 million annual deaths attributed to fossil fuels, the study published in the journal Environmental Research found. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Big Business squirms as Biden tightens climate regulations

By ZACHARY WARMBRODT, Politico  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Corporate America is entering the Biden era with bold public pledges to fight climate change. But as Democrats seek to hold businesses to those promises, they’re facing a big battle. Democrats are vowing to go through the Securities and Exchange Commission to impose sweeping financial disclosure rules on climate risk that would force thousands of businesses including banks, manufacturers and energy producers to divulge information to investors. Lenders are set to get even more scrutiny from their own regulators like the Federal Reserve, including potential stress tests to measure their resiliency to rising sea levels and extreme weather. Now, the backlash is beginning. [ read more … ]

SREs

Court seeks status report, stays small refinery exemptions

By Tom Doran, AgriNews  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Ethanol’s journey from cornfields to courtrooms continues with rulings related to blending requirements and small refinery exemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Jan. 27 directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to submit a status report every 60 days “on its progress in complying with the court’s remand” stemming from the July 2017 ruling in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Court pauses California waiver fight

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

A federal court suspended litigation Monday over the Trump administration’s revocation of the California Clean Air Act waiver that had allowed the state to regulate carbon dioxide from vehicles, handing the Biden administration time to reverse the action. The abeyance comes despite the request from a coalition of Republican attorneys general for the court to move forward with arguments, since the case was fully briefed. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure

Bill creates grant program to expand ethanol infrastructure

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Feb. 8 reintroduced legislation to create a renewable fuel infrastructure grant program and streamline regulatory requirements to help fuel retailers sell higher blends of ethanol. The bill, titled the Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act, would authorize $500 million over five years for infrastructure grants to fuel retailers. It would also direct the U.S. EPA to finalize a proposed rule to repeal E15 labeling requirements and allow certain existing underground storage tanks to store higher blends of ethanol. [ read more … ]

Markets

British Airways Plans 2022 Test With U.S. Sustainable-Fuel Maker

By Siddharth Vikram Philip, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

British Airways is partnering with LanzaJet for sustainable aviation fuel as part of the carrier’s plans to decarbonize by 2050, amid rising pressure on the aviation industry to cut emissions. The U.S. startup will supply ethanol-derived fuel from its Freedom Pines Fuels facility in Georgia, and British Airways will use it to power some flights starting in late 2022, the companies said in a statement Tuesday. As part of the collaboration, British Airways will invest in LanzaJet and the startup will conduct early-stage planning to set up a larger biofuel facility in the U.K. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Biofuels can contribute now to a cleaner energy future

By Tom Daschle, Roll Call  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

Experts at USDA and Argonne National Laboratory have concluded that corn ethanol produced with precision agriculture and other conservation practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent to 76 percent compared to gasoline. Other experts predict that over the next several years, high-octane, low-carbon, or HOLC, fuels, such as ethanol, will be classified as ultra-low carbon fuels, surpassing the greenhouse gas benefits of vehicles running on electricity produced from coal and natural gas. [ read more … ]

Ethanol: Eliminate waivers to renewable rules

By Editorial Board, Mankato Free Press  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

We think it’s fair to say the Biden administration will not be cozying up to “Big Oil” anytime soon. That’s good for farmers and the rest of us. For the past four years, the Trump administration had made deals with oil companies allowing them to get waivers from requirements to purchase and blend renewable fuels like ethanol into their products. These waivers were given to smaller refiners who were supposedly under financial duress. [ read more … ]

 

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