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NEWS UPDATE April 21, 2021

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Twelve U.S. states urge Biden to back phasing out gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035

By Reuters  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

The governors of a dozen U.S. states including California, New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina called on President Joe Biden on Wednesday to back ending sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels. The governors of a dozen U.S. states including California, New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina called on President Joe Biden to back ending sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels. Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan calls for $174 billion in spending and tax credits to boost electric vehicles (EVs) and charging networks but does not call for phasing out gasoline-powered passenger vehicles.
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RFS

Senators Ask EPA’s Regan to Reject RFS Waiver Requests

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

This week the senators asked Regan to “restore confidence” in the RFS, in a letter sent on Tuesday. “Restoring the integrity of the RFS and expanding market opportunities for renewable fuels should remain a core part of our plans to assist in the economic recovery of rural America and further reduce emissions from the transportation sector,” they wrote. [ read more … ]

Biofuel senators urge EPA to maintain RFS volumes

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

A bipartisan group of 12 senators is urging EPA not to reduce biofuel usage mandates for 2021 and 2022. One of the senators, Grassley, said EPA should set volumes of at least 15 billion gallons like the law requires. “The RVO for 2021 should include the court-ordered 500 million gallons which were illegally waived from the 2016 RVO,” he told reporters Tuesday [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Is Pushing a Climate Agenda. Gina McCarthy Has to Make It Stick.

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

Ms. McCarthy’s friends say she is driven to build back a climate legacy that will outlast her second round in government. “She was angry, there’s no question about that,” said Mitchell Bernard, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “I heard many an expletive exit her mouth about what was going on in the government.” [ read more … ]

Former political leaders urge 50-state strategy on green energy

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

A group of 50 former House and Senate leaders representing 42 states on April 20 sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, in support of the administration’s dedication to building back better for a green future. The letter stresses that “truly economy-wide change requires sustained political willpower, which will only come from a 50-state strategy that lifts working families – from coastal cities to farm country.” [ read more … ]

Biden to Propose Cutting U.S. Emissions in Half by 2030

By Timothy Puko and Sha Hua, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

President Biden is expected this week to call for cutting U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions roughly in half by 2030, according to people familiar with the matter, as he pushes to jump-start global efforts to tackle climate change. Mr. Biden will release the new goal during a summit at the White House on Thursday and Friday, part of an effort to assert global leadership on climate issues amid tensions with China. The new target seeks to reduce over the next nine years emissions by 50% from levels in 2005. Emissions last year were already projected to be down 21% from that 2005 baseline, due in part to a slowdown related to the pandemic. But this year, emissions are tracking higher again as the economy recovers. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Growing Climate Solutions Act Returns with Bi-Partisan Backing

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

The U.S. Senate is ready to move ahead with an agricultural climate bill that has bipartisan support and backing from major agricultural lobbies. The Growing Climate Solutions Act was reintroduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate with a larger bi-partisan group of senators, led by members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senators signed on to the bill include 17 Democrats and 17 Republicans. The chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee jointly announced they will markup the bill in a committee meeting on Thursday. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, which also was introduced last year, would create a certification program at USDA to provide technical assistance for farmers and forest owners to enroll in a carbon-credit market. [ read more … ]

Leading Oil Producer UAE Says Case For Renewables Never Stronger

By Anthony Di Paola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, said the commercial case for renewable energy has never been stronger. The Middle Eastern country plans to be at the forefront of the transition to greener energy and the fight against climate change even as it boosts oil-production capacity, according to Sultan Al Jaber, head of state firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and the UAE’s climate envoy. [ read more … ]

Commentary

New ethanol research done at UNL bodes well for agricultural economy and environment

By Editorial Board, Norfolk Daily News  •    •  Posted April 21, 2021

The results of new research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hasn’t received a lot of attention, but it should — especially in areas where lots of corn is grown. The study found that gasoline blended with 30 percent ethanol is safe for use in non-flex-fuel vehicles. The year-long study tested 50 Nebraska State Patrol vehicles and found no decrease in energy efficiency or performance during the study among those that used what’s known as E30 fuel. [ read more … ]

 

 

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