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NEWS UPDATE April 14, 2021

Top Story

DC Circ. Skeptical Of EPA’s High-Ethanol Fuel Rule

By Law360  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

The D.C. Circuit appeared hesitant Tuesday to keep afloat a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing year-round use of gasoline made with 15% ethanol, with two judges expressly asserting that the agency cannot make such a change through administrative rulemaking. U.S. Circuit Judges Robert L. Wilkins and Judith Rogers told a government attorney that the EPA seemed to have flouted the clear language of the Clean Air Act when it finalized the rule in May 2019 to allow blended gasoline with 15% ethanol, known as E15, to be sold throughout the year. “Words either mean something or they don’t, even if the agency wants to achieve a wonderful result,” the judge added. [ read more … ]

E15 Heareing

Ethanol Groups Defend EPA’s E15 Rule

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held two hours of oral arguments on the E15 rule. EPA issued its final rule extending the Reid Vapor Pressure volatility waiver to E15, and found that E15 is substantially similar to E10 certification fuel. Retailers sued in 2019 after former President Donald Trump had directed EPA to allow fuel stations to sell 15% ethanol year-round. Before Trump signed an order for EPA to lift the restrictions, E15 was prevented from being sold throughout the summer in some parts of the country. [ read more … ]

EPA Provides Some Clarity on Mid-Level Blends in Court

By Kim Trinchet, Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

The Urban Air Initiative agrees that the EPA’s decision to allow the year-round sales of E15 was a step in the right direction, however the EPA had the legal obligation to also allow the sales of blends higher than 15% ethanol. In court, attorneys representing UAI argued that the EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act’s sub-sim provision to prohibit sale of E16-E50 blends even in flex fuel vehicles is unlawful. UAI attorneys told the court that since ethanol is now used in the certification of vehicles, the sub-sim law no longer limits the addition of ethanol in gasoline. Therefore, UAI asked the judges to reject the EPA’s limit at E15 and allow the RVP waiver for higher blends of ethanol. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

More than 300 businesses, including Google, McDonalds and Walmart, are pushing the Biden administration to nearly double the United States’ target for cuts to planet-warming emissions ahead of an April 22 global summit on climate change. In a letter to President Biden, expected to be released Tuesday morning, chief executive officers from some of the nation’s largest companies will call on the administration to set a new Paris Agreement goal of slashing the nation’s carbon dioxide, methane and other planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. [ read more … ]

Biofuel companies urge Biden to set GHG reduction goal

By By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

Novozymes, Poet LLC, and Quad County Corn Processors are among 310 businesses and investors that have signed an open letter to President Biden urging his administration to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. “As business leaders, we care deeply about the future of the U.S. and the health of its people and economy,” the companies said in the letter. “Collectively, our businesses employ nearly 6 million American workers across all 50 states, representing over $3 trillion in annual revenue, and for those of us who are investors, we represent more than $1 trillion in assets under management. We join the majority of Americans in thanking you for re-entering the U.S into the Paris Agreement and for making climate action a vital pillar of your presidency [ read more … ]

Markets

Big Oil’s Influence Shrinks as Tax Perks Face Axe in Biden Plan

By Jinjoo Lee, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

It doesn’t take long before a typical conversation with a U.S. energy executive turns to subsidies—those enjoyed by others. The fossil-fuel industry often brings up green energy’s explicit tax incentives, while the latter will point to the longevity of special tax preferences for oil and gas. President Biden’s tax plan proposes to extend tax credits for renewable energy while ending tax benefits for fossil fuels. Oil-and-gas lobbyists could soon find themselves in the awkward position of denying that any special treatment for those companies exists, while digging in their heels to protect that treatment. And while the impact on actual hydrocarbon production could be limited, such a move would mark the end of an era for an industry that has held much influence over the past century. [ read more … ]

Oil Rises After IEA Follows OPEC With Brighter Demand Outlook

By Saket Sundria, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

Oil advanced for a third day after the IEA lifted its forecasts for demand and an industry report pointed to another decline in U.S. crude stockpiles. Futures rose 1.3% in New York and are heading for the longest run of gains in over a month. The International Energy Agency lifted its forecast for oil consumption this year by 230,000 barrels a day amid a stronger outlook for the U.S. and China. It follows an upbeat outlook for demand from OPEC on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Brazil minister says working with U.S. on agreement to develop biofuels

By Luciano Costa, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

Brazil’s energy and mining minister Benito Albuquerque said on Tuesday that it is working with the U.S. on a cooperation treaty to develop what he called “the biofuels of the world,” adding he is open to more international partnerships on the issue. Brazil is a major producer of ethanol which is also widely used to power Brazilian cars.
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EVs

Audi Takes On Tesla’s Model Y With Entry-Priced Electric SUV

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

Audi’s new Q4 e-tron will go head-to-head with Tesla Inc. in the fast-growing market of compact crossover SUVs to help parent Volkswagen AG narrow its electric-car sales gap with the world leader. The model Audi will unveil Wednesday evening European time is among a dozen models including VW’s ID.4 and an electric version of the Porsche Macan that should enable the VW group exceed Tesla’s deliveries by 2023. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Column: Familiar storyline in the cards for U.S. corn as focus turns to 2021-22

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 14, 2021

Market-watchers next month will be engulfed in next year’s supply and demand prospects as U.S. farmers seed the 2021 corn crop and the U.S. government publishes its first official estimates for 2021-22, numbers that are expected to show continued tightness in domestic corn inventory. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated estimates on Friday dropped 2020-21 U.S. corn stocks-to-use to 9.2%, both equal to and the lowest since 2013-14. That ratio, which gauges both supply and demand, was seen at 10.3% last month. [ read more … ]

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