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NEWS UPDATE March 23, 2021

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USGC helps ensure ethanol has environmental role in fuel recovery

By U.S. Grains Council  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

As many countries have listed their transportation sectors and named biofuels or ethanol specifically to contribute to overall emissions reductions outlined in the Paris Agreement, the case can be made for U.S. ethanol to help meet these countries’ global initiatives. “The UK is the most recent example of another market moving in the direction of higher ethanol blends to decarbonize their transport fuels,” Healy said. “The global momentum in this space continues with ethanol readily available as an immediate abatement solution – one in which the U.S. has a role.” The question at play is not only what U.S. ethanol’s role will be in meeting the U.S. and other countries’ Paris Agreement commitments, but also how. [ read more … ]

Carbon Markets

Emerging Carbon Markets Get Attention

By  Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

Since President Joe Biden’s election, carbon programs largely in their infancy have jumped now to adolescence as companies engage in weekly rounds of virtual meetings within agriculture. In just the last week, groups such as the Farm Foundation, Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Agri-Pulse have held events with companies explaining their products, methodology or strategy behind carbon credits. USDA officials highlight where they will find funding and how they expect to use conservation, crop insurance and likely new programs to drive farmers to implement some of these strategies. [ read more … ]

Vilsack: USDA Focused on Climate Future

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

As the Biden administration ramps up efforts on climate, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said on Monday USDA will play a major role in building market opportunities for farmers. Exactly what the future looks like, he said during the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit, will depend on what the agency learns from farmers along the way.
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EVs

California senators calling on Biden to set date for phasing out gasoline cars

BY DOMINICK MASTRANGELO, The Hill  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

The two U.S. senators representing California are calling on President Biden to create a deadline for U.S. automakers to end sales of gasoline-powered cars, according to a new report.  In a letter to be sent to Biden on Monday that was obtained by Reuters, Democratic Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein urge Biden to “follow California’s lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles.” [ read more … ]

Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment?

By Russell Gold, Jessica Kuronen and Elbert Wang, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

Carmakers including General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG are retooling their companies to make electric vehicles on the premise that their battery-powered motors are cleaner than gas-burning engines. Are EVs really better for the environment, though? A close look at all the factors shows they are—but it’s a complex answer with some asterisks. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Year Clean Energy Proved Unstoppable

By Charles Hernick and Lisa Jacobson, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted March 23, 2021

As lawmakers look at designing policies that will reduce emissions while continuing to support economic growth, they should examine why clean energy proved so resilient despite the challenges and uncertainty of this past year. What they will find is this: The American people want clean energy and corporations, who share this desire, recognize that low-cost renewable power has revolutionized the market. [ read more … ]

 

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