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NEWS UPDATE April 22, 2021

Top Story

As Biden convenes world leaders, U.S. pledges to cut emissions up to 52 percent by 2030

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

President Biden on Thursday will commit the United States to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions as much as 52 percent by the end of this decade, a pledge that would require fast and far-reaching changes to American life, from how people power their homes to the cars they drive. The highly anticipated announcement roughly doubles a target set by President Barack Obama in 2015 as part of the Paris climate accord, by vowing the nation will reduce its emissions between 50 and 52 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. Biden plans to formalize the goal in a submission to the United Nations, the White House said. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Wants to Slash Emissions. Success Would Mean a Very Different America.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

President Biden’s new pledge to slash America’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade is long on ambition and short on specifics, but experts say that success would require rapid and sweeping changes to virtually every corner of the nation’s economy, transforming the way Americans drive to work, heat their homes and operate their factories. In several recent studies, researchers have explored what a future America might look like if it wants to achieve Mr. Biden’s new climate goal: Cutting the nation’s planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. [ read more … ]

Car Efficiency Standards

Biden Administration Moves to Unwind Trump Auto-Emissions Policy

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

The Biden administration is moving to end a legal battle with California over the state’s authority to regulate motor-vehicle emissions, setting the stage for stricter regulations on the auto industry, according to people briefed on those plans. Administration officials could announce their first steps as early as Friday, these people said, as President Biden concludes a two-day international summit via videoconference to address climate change. It would be the latest in a series of efforts to unwind Trump administration policies that eased environmental rules. [ read more … ]

Trump administration sidelined experts in writing car pollution rules, EPA watchdog finds

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

The Trump administration sidelined career staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency when weakening pollution rules for new passenger vehicles, according to a federal watchdog report. The EPA’s inspector general found top political leaders at the agency failed to properly document and consider the concerns of staff experts while unwinding standards for tailpipe emissions set under President Barack Obama. [ read more … ]

Policy Initiatives

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne pushes to include ethanol measures in $2 trillion infrastructure deal

By Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne is hoping to wield her influence as a Midwest Democrat in a Trump-leaning district to get ethanol provisions added into the massive infrastructure package moving through Congress. “We’ve got to actively show America that Democrats are the party that cares about rural America,” Axne said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “This is a bill that shows that.” [ read more … ]


Energy Giants Ditch Oil and Coal Projects. Smaller Rivals Want Them.

By David Hodari, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

For the big companies, these sales generate funds typically used to pay down debt and help them make the case that they are unloading polluting projects as they face growing investor pressure to map out their future in a lower-carbon economy. But, these projects—and their emissions—aren’t going away. Instead, they are being managed by smaller players that often face less environmental scrutiny. Buyers are also betting their fossil-fuel projects have plenty of room to run. [ read more … ]

Ethanol plants work through high prices, supply issues

By SUE ROESLER, Lee Agri-Media  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

Higher corn prices are impacting the U.S. ethanol industry, but that is being offset by increased demand for ethanol. “In spite of high corn prices, ethanol production and use seem to be holding steady at 90% of last year’s numbers,” said Dave Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Extension bioenergy/bioproduct economics specialist. [ read more … ]

EIA: Weekly ethanol production flat, stocks down slightly

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

U.S. ethanol production was flat the week ending April 16, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 21. Fuel ethanol stocks were down slightly from the previous week. Ethanol production for the week ending April 16 held steady at an average 941,000 barrels per day. When compared to the same week of last year, production was up 378,000 barrels per day. [ read more … ]


Sales of Electrified Vehicles Jump Up 81% in the First Quarter of 2021

By Mark Schirmer, Cox Automotive  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

According to an analysis of the U.S. auto market by Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book, sales growth of both electric and hybrid vehicles outpaced overall market performance in the first quarter of 2021. Electrified vehicles – automobiles featuring large battery packs and electric motors in the propulsion system – accounted for 7.8% of the total U.S. market, up from 4.8% in Q1 2020.   [ read more … ]

Biden: U.S. must boost EV production to surpass China

By Reuters  •    •  Posted April 22, 2021

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States must ramp up production of electric vehicles to catch up with and then surpass China after he virtually toured an electric bus and battery manufacturing plant on Tuesday. “We have a lot of catching up to do but we’re going to be in a position where we ought to own the future,” Biden said during the tour. “We ought to be the single most significant suppliers of electric buses and vehicles in the world before it’s over. Right now, we’re running way behind China.” [ read more … ]

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