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NEWS UPDATE March 16, 2021

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New E.P.A. Head Says Agency Has Climate Regulations Underway

By Lisa Friedman. New York Times  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and vehicles, which are the largest sources of planet-warming pollution in the United States, is critical to meeting Mr. Biden’s goal of no net carbon emissions by 2050. Unless Congress passes legislation — an unlikely scenario — it will be up to the E.P.A. to create new regulations for both sectors. The Obama administration sought to reshape the electric power sector by pushing utilities away from coal and toward electricity generated by natural gas, solar, wind and other lower or no-carbon sources. That rule, the Clean Power Plan, was halted by the Supreme Court. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

New EPA administrator: ‘Science is back’

By Brady Dennis and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, starting with rebuilding the staff morale and getting all of our staff back to feeling as if they matter, their voices matter,” Regan said in his first interview after being sworn in last week. “We really have to restore the scientific integrity and the utilization of data, of facts, as we move forward and make some very important decisions.” [ read more … ]

Markets

Higher blends and exports to carry ethanol out of pandemic

By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

U.S. ethanol production plunged 13% last year due to the pandemic, costing the industry around $4 billion in sales. But it may recover fully by 2023, on the strength of larger exports and rising domestic use of higher blends of ethanol into gasoline, said the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Record-Breaking Wildfires Made North American Air Worse in 2020

By Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

High exposure to PM2.5, which is emitted by fossil-fuel powered vehicles, industrial activity and biomass burning, can cause asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and has been associated with low birth weight, acute respiratory infections and strokes. An increasing amount of studies are also linking worsening air pollution to increased vulnerability to Covid-19, which attacks respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Coronavirus deaths attributable to long-term air pollution exposure could represent between 7% and 33% of all fatalities due to the virus, according to an early study published in Cardiovascular Research and cited by IQAir. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

USDA seeks public input on climate-smart ag and forestry strategy

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

The USDA on March 15 announced it is opening a 45-day public comment period to gather input on its climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy, including several topics focused specifically on biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy. The agency said the notice soliciting public comments represents an import step toward implementing President Biden’s Jan. 27 executive order on tacking the climate crisis at home and abroad. [ read more … ]

EVs

What Happened to Pickup Trucks?

By Angie Schmitt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

Since 1990, U.S. pickup trucks have added almost 1,300 pounds on average. Some of the biggest vehicles on the market now weigh almost 7,000 pounds — or about three Honda Civics. These vehicles have a voracious appetite for space, one that’s increasingly irreconcilable with the way cities (and garages, and parking lots) are built. [ read more … ]

If Tesla Is the Apple of Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen Is Betting it Can Be Samsung

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

“Let me begin with the obvious: e-mobility has won the race,” Herbert Diess, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG, said on Monday. “It is the only solution to reduce mobility emissions fast.” [ read more … ]

Dingell proposes EV manufacturing, infrastructure bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E Reporter  •    •  Posted March 16, 2021

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has reintroduced legislation to boost electric vehicle deployment that could become a piece of a larger infrastructure bill in the coming months. The “USA Electrify Forward Act” would create a grant program to overhaul manufacturing facilities to produce EVs and batteries. [ read more … ]

 

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