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NEWS UPDATE March 28, 2021

Top Story

Ethanol to Make Case With Biden

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

EPA Administrator Michael Regan expressed support for the Renewable Fuel Standard, and especially advanced biofuels, during the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy summit on Wednesday. The comment drew the attention of ethanol and agriculture industry officials, who now realize they need to make the case with the Biden administration that corn-based ethanol is an advanced biofuel. After Regan’s comment, National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett had the occasion to talk to Regan this week. [ read more … ]

RFS

Regan: EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

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

One day after EPA granted deadline extensions to refiners to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the Biden administration will be working to get the RFS back on track this year. On Tuesday, EPA announced it would extend deadlines for obligated parties to comply with RFS deadlines for 2019 and 2020. [ read more … ]

Republicans press EPA on RFS

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted March 28, 2021

Thirteen GOP senators, led by Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Thursday urging him to waive or significantly reduce the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. [ read more … ]

Markets

Addicted to Cheap Fuel, Emerging Markets Face a Climate Dilemma

By Peter Millard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 28, 2021

Rising oil prices are testing the developing world’s resolve to quit fossil fuels. The president of Brazil has fired the chief of the country’s largest oil producer — inadvertently sending its currency, bonds and stocks plunging — in a bid to keep diesel prices from spiking. Nigeria’s dependence on low-cost gasoline threatens to scupper a year-long effort to phase out fuel subsidies. Peru and Mexico are reversing fossil fuel taxes as oil prices rise and families struggle to make ends meet, and India is under pressure to do so. [ read more … ]

Bill includes Clean Cities funding to support alternative fuels

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 28, 2021

Legislation introduced by the 32 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 11 could provide federal funding to support the development of alternative fuel infrastructure and expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles. The bill, titled the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act, aims to modernize the nation’s infrastructure, rebuild the economy, combat climate change, and protect public health and the environment. It includes more than $312 billion in investments for clean energy, energy efficiency, drinking water, broadband, and health care infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Upheld by Top Court, Cementing Green Agenda

By Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 28, 2021

Canada’s efforts to combat climate change scored a major victory after the country’s top court ruled that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon tax is constitutional. “Parliament has jurisdiction to enact this law as a matter of national concern,” the Supreme Court of Canada said in its ruling Thursday, which was supported by six of nine judges. “This matter is critical to our response to an existential threat to human life in Canada and around the world.” The decision means the country’s most ambitious environmental policy to date, which would see the baseline price on carbon rise to C$170 ($135) per metric ton by 2030, will stand. [ read more … ]

Mead Plant

‘A big crisis in our state’ — Bill to ban ethanol companies from using treated seed advances

By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted March 28, 2021

AltEn remains idle after numerous complaints by state officials alleging violations of the Nebraska’s environmental regulations led the facility near Mead to stop processing corn and soybean seed coated with pesticides into ethanol in February. State lawmakers Thursday unanimously advanced a bill (LB507) from Sen. Bruce Bostelman prohibiting the use of treated seed to make ethanol if the byproducts were deemed unsafe to feed to livestock or apply to the land. [ read more … ]

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