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NEWS UPDATE April 7, 2021

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EPA Chief Vows Tougher Tailpipe Rules by July, Unwinding Trump’s

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

The Biden administration is on track to propose by the end of July new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases from automobiles that are strong enough to meet “the urgency of the climate crisis,” according to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “We need to go as far as we can to meet the demands of the day,” Regan said in an exclusive interview Tuesday with Bloomberg News. “The science indicates we have a short window in time to reverse the path that we’re on and mitigate against certain climate impacts.” [ read more … ]

U.S. Supreme Court RFS Hearing

Nessel joins coalition in fight for renewable fuel industry in the U.S. Supreme Court

By Detroit Legal News  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting several renewable fuels and agricultural associations in their challenge to the EPA’s award of the small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The RFS requires refineries to either produce more renewable fuels or buy credits from refineries who do. Renewable fuels produce less pollution than fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

EPA’s New Chief Gets to Work on Climate Goals—and Hiring Scientists

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised to put the U.S. on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that also turns around decades of environmental injustice, in which poorer and non-White communities have carried a heavier burden from pollution. Meeting both goals will go through Michael Regan, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency. Before he even begins pursuing what he terms an “aggressive climate agenda,” Regan faces the daunting task of rebuilding an agency left in disarray by the previous administration. The EPA spent the past four years demoralized and belittled, with an exodus among rank-and-file staff. That means hiring hundreds of scientists just to fill vacancies. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

NU, Creighton researchers preparing for ‘unprecedented’ study of contamination from AltEn

By Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

Researchers from the University of Nebraska and Creighton University will study the long-term effects pesticides have had on the environment, agriculture and humans living near the AltEn ethanol plant south of Mead. Experts across several disciplines — including public health, entomology, environmental engineering, chemistry, natural resources and geography — will sample for lingering neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides commonly used in seed coatings. [ read more … ]

Texas company seeking to take over feedlot adjoining troubled AltEn plant

By Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

On Monday night, the Saunders County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a conditional-use permit sought by Champion Feeders of Hereford, Texas. Mead Cattle Co., which currently manages the feedlot, was organized by Dennis Langley of Shawnee, Kansas, in 2006, according to business filings maintained by the Nebraska Secretary of State. Langley, a speechwriter for Joe Biden during the president’s early days as a U.S. senator representing Delaware, according to his obituary, intended to use the methane in the manure captured at the feedlot to help power the neighboring E3 BioFuels ethanol plant. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. Forecasts Highest Summer Fuel Prices Since 2018

By Andres Guerra Luz, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

Drivers eager to get back on the road more than a year into the pandemic will face the highest summer gasoline prices since 2018, according to a U.S. government report. Prices at the pump will average $2.78 a gallon from April to September in the U.S., more than 30% higher than last summer. While Covid-19 will continue to affect petroleum markets this summer, more vaccinations combined with U.S. fiscal stimulus will support the economic recovery and drive demand growth, the Energy Information Administration said in its annual Summer Fuels Outlook report on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

EIA maintains 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts

By U.S. Energy Information Administration  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its 2021 and 2022 ethanol production and consumption forecasts in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 6. Total gasoline consumption for the summer driving season is expected to be up 13.2 percent when compared to last summer. The EIA currently predicts fuel ethanol production will average 960,000 barrels per day this year, up from 910,000 barrels per day in 2020. Production is expected to increase to 990,000 barrels per day in 2022. Both figures were maintained when compared to forecasts made in EIA’s March STEO. [ read more … ]

EVs

US electric car incentive is rumored to increase to $10,000 in program reform

By Fred Lambert, Electrek  •    •  Posted April 7, 2021

The US federal government is currently looking to include a ramp-up of investments in electrification as part of a massive infrastructure bill. It’s unclear how the money will be spent, but we are now hearing that the electric car tax credit could increase to $10,000. As part of the summary, the administration confirmed that they are planning to reform the EV incentive program, which today consists of a $7,500 tax credit on new electric vehicles up to a 200,000-unit limit per manufacturer. [ read more … ]

 

 

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