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NEWS UPDATE March 5, 2021

Top Story

House climate bill would uncover refinery waivers

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

The biofuel industry claimed a big win from climate legislation introduced by House Democrats, after the bill’s writers included language to reveal which companies EPA allows to skirt biofuel-blending requirements. The “CLEAN Future Act,” proposed by Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and other Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, would end EPA’s practice of withholding names of companies that receive small-refinery exemptions under the renewable fuel standard. [ read more … ]

Legislation

Bill Offers Ethanol Greenhouse Gas Fix

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 5, 2021

More than a decade has passed since the EPA updated ethanol’s greenhouse gas emissions profile in the Renewable Fuel Standard, and now members of Congress are taking steps to require the agency to use the latest science. Biofuels industry representatives have for years requested EPA update its modeling to reflect technological advancements in the industry. With a number of climate initiatives underway in the federal government, updating that GHG profile is important to securing biofuels’ place in an overall GHG reduction strategy.
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Biofuel supported bills introduced on Capitol Hill

By Jacqui Fatka, Farm Progress  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

On Wednesday, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., introduced the Adopt GREET Act, a bill which would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel to more accurately reflect the environmental benefits of agriculture and biofuels. The GREET model is a tool which examines the lifecycle impacts of vehicle technologies, fuels, products, and energy systems. “It’s time for the bureaucracy to catch up to science,” says Johnson. “We know biofuels are an integral part of protecting our environment and building up our economies in rural America. Including the entire lifecycle from a farmer’s field to the fuel pump will allow consumers across this country, and the world, to better understand the benefits biofuels offer. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Granholm vs. GOP on lost fossil fuel jobs. Who’s right?

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm yesterday sought to dispel fears that a push for clean energy would jeopardize jobs as conservatives questioned the administration’s plan to tackle climate change. At both a virtual conference for oil and gas executives and on ABC’s show “The View,” Granholm insisted there will be opportunities for workers as a result of a transition to low-carbon energy. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Oil Refiner Valero to Disclose Climate Lobbying After Criticism

By Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

Valero Energy Corp., one of the largest U.S. oil refiners, is planning to publish details of its climate lobbying activities after an investor pressed the company for more disclosure. Valero will release a report later this year, it said in an emailed statement Wednesday. The decision follows discussions with Mercy Investment Services Inc., which had filed a proposed shareholder resolution demanding to know how Valero’s lobbying aligns with global efforts to fight climate change. That resolution has now been withdrawn, Valero said. [ read more … ]

How the Oil Lobby Learned to Love Carbon Taxes

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

Few saw the surprise disclosure earlier this week that the American Petroleum Institute is considering endorsing a price on carbon dioxide emissions and thought the fierce fossil fuel lobby was suddenly becoming climate-friendly. Rather, seasoned industry-watchers say it’s the clearest sign yet that fossil fuel companies see Washington’s shift on climate policy as a real and significant threat. [ read more … ]

EVs

EVs Could Make Dealerships a Thing of the Past, Too

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

In making this commitment, Volvo is betting on a trend: that as EVs are becoming cheaper and new conventional cars are being priced higher, consumers’ math on electric-versus-internal combustion will soon come out in electrics’ favor. But there’s more to Volvo’s position on EVs than just changing the powertrain. The carmaker says its pure electric models will only be available for sale online, and that its first fully electric car is now receiving over-the-air software updates. (Tesla has been doing this for years.) That first plan has implications for the built environment; the second, for emissions and the global climate. [ read more … ]

Commentary

How Farmers Could Fight Climate Change (and Make a Profit)

By Editorial Board, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 4, 2021

Agriculture has never been a principal focus of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. But farm emissions — which make up about 10% of the U.S. total — are coming under increasing scrutiny as Democrats take the reins of agricultural policy and farmers themselves awaken to the threats of climate change. One strategy in particular is getting attention this year: encouraging farmers to view emissions reduction and carbon sequestration as potential sources of income. [ read more … ]

 

 

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