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NEWS UPDATE April 13, 2021

Top Story

Biofuels got a bad reputation. It may have been undeserved.

By Ariane Lange, The Academic Times  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

The predicted life cycle carbon intensity of corn ethanol varied substantially depending on a host of factors and, in a model setting, assumptions. According to a 2007 article in Environmental Research Letters, the type of fuel used in producing and processing ethanol, as well as whether livestock eat coproducts when they’re dry or wet, causes huge swings in carbon emissions. When the ethanol is produced using coal energy, the authors showed the life cycle carbon intensity is slightly worse than that of gasoline; when the ethanol was produced using natural gas, and livestock ate the coproducts wet, the life cycle carbon intensity was almost 40% lower than gasoline. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Nebraskans Worry About Toxic Seed Piles

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

The owners of a small ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska, that has become an environmental disaster are looking to sell off their adjoining 30,000-head cattle feedyard as the ethanol plant faces state litigation and angry residents. “They are trying to get rid of assets,” said Jody Weible, an early critic and community organizer who has questioned the safety of AltEn’s operations to local residents. Weible and others see the move to transfer a permit to a Texas company as a way for AltEn’s owners to separate the feedyard, sell it off, then declare bankruptcy again on the ethanol plant and walk away from an environmental cleanup. “I’m concerned they are not going to clean up that pile,” she said. “They are just going to leave it for us to clean up and they will not be accountable for anything. They will walk away from this for free and there will not be any repercussions for it.” [ read more … ]

E15

RFA, Growth Energy and NCGA Defend Year-Round E15 in Court

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

Yesterday the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA, a case in which oil refiners challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 rulemaking that paved the way for the year-round sale of E15. As intervenors in the case, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association will also argue in support of upholding the E15 rule. [ read more … ]

Policy

Ag groups call for bipartisan infrastructure package with rural focus

By Spencer Chase, AgriPulse  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

A coalition of hundreds of food and ag groups say any infrastructure package passed by Congress and signed by the president should garner support from both parties and recognize the unique needs of farm country. In a statement Monday, the Rebuild Rural Coalition – which counts more than 250 organizations in its membership – said the Biden administration’s $2.7 trillion infrastructure package “offers a good starting point for discussions with Congress.” [ read more … ]

House Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to prioritize RFS

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

Members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on April 8 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. As you know, biofuels are an integral part of sound environmental policy that serves to keep and create home-grown jobs, and generates demand for American farmers,” members of Biofuels Caucus wrote. “A recent report found that greenhouse gas emissions from corn ethanol are 46 percent lower than gasoline. The role of biofuels provides a compelling story that must be utilized to achieve carbon emission reduction goals. [ read more … ]

Markets

Permian Output Nears Levels Not Seen Since Pandemic Start

By Sheela Tobben, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 13, 2021

The Permian Basin, the U.S.’s most prolific shale patch, will produce crude oil at levels not seen since the start of the pandemic in the latest sign the global economy is heating back up. Higher prices are buoying drillers’ confidence. Benchmark Nymex oil gained nearly 35% in the past four months after OPEC and its alliance cut production to strike a balance between demand and supply. The fossil fuel is also getting a bump as Covid-19 vaccinations progress and Americans travel again, boosting gasoline consumption. [ read more … ]

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