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NEWS UPDATE April 5, 2021

Top Story

Hoosier ethanol leaders say legislation would destroy demand for biofuels

By Amie Simpson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

Nine ethanol plant leaders in Indiana are asking Governor Eric Holcomb to veto Senate Bill 303. They say the legislation could devastate sales of E15 in the state and destroy demand for homegrown biofuels, made with clean energy harvested on Indiana farms. In a letter, the group says the bill would require a warning label on E15 dispensers, confusing consumers and conflicting with federal labels already required. It will also create uncertainty and discourage more stations from offering E15. [ read more … ]

State Initiatives

Eastern Iowa lawmakers plan major, yet unsettled changes to renewable fuel standards

BY BENJAMIN FISHER, The Telegraph Herald  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

Iowa House of Representatives Study Bill 185 passed the House Ways and Means Committee last week, with some bipartisan support. It would require that new gas station infrastructure support at least 10% ethanol products and that fewer pumps deliver gas with no ethanol. It also would create seasonal biodiesel standards, among other things. The bill originated as a session priority of Gov. Kim Reynolds but looked very different when it passed the committee than when it was proposed. Republicans amended the bill with a strike-after amendment, which rewrote much of the language, just before the committee’s vote. [ read more … ]

Renewable fuels groups push for biofuel blending infrastructure

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

As an infrastructure bill moves through Congress, biofuels groups are pointing to increasing E15 sales as proof more funding is needed for programs like USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Gasoline blending with 15% ethanol set a new record in Iowa last year despite overall fuel consumption dropping due to the pandemic. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Challenge to Trump-era Clean Car Standards Put on Hold by Court

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

A federal court has pressed pause on litigation over the Trump administration’s decision to scale back standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday granted the Biden administration’s request to halt proceedings while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) review the regulation.
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Tailpipe litigation in park

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

Despite procedural objections from states and environmentalists, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the Biden administration’s request to pause litigation over federal auto emissions and fuel economy standards. That will give the agencies time to rewrite the SAFE Vehicles rule that significantly scaled back federal tailpipe standards. [ read more … ]

Markets

Summer Drive Predicted To Be Near ‘Normal’ Levels

By NACS Daily  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

Convenience retailers anticipate that leisure travel and routine customer trips will return to pre-pandemic levels this summer, according to the results of a new survey of U.S. convenience store owners by NACS Research. [ read more … ]

Future of ‘Broken’ Oil Program Under Review, Interior Head Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

The U.S. government program for selling drilling rights on federal land is so “fundamentally broken” that changes could be needed to address climate change and ensure taxpayers get a greater value from extracted oil and gas, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Friday. “The American taxpayers deserve to have a return on on their investment,” Haaland said, stressing that the public lands managed by Interior are a shared asset. [ read more … ]

EVs

74 Percent Of U.S. Consumers Want Their Next Vehicle To Be ICE-Powered

By Brett Foote, FordAuthority.com  •    •  Posted April 5, 2021

In recent months, both automakers and governments from around the world have been focusing on a future that consists entirely of electric vehicles. However, more than one recent report suggests that consumers aren’t quite ready to give up their ICE-powered vehicles just yet. Most recently, that includes SEMA’s Vehicle Landscape Report, which found that 74 percent of U.S. consumers want their next vehicle to be ICE-powered. [ read more … ]

 

 

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