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NEWS UPDATE April 29, 2021

Top Story

People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere.

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Nadja Popovich, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic, which has taken a disproportionate toll on Black, Latino and other communities, added to the burdens. “A lot of families have kids with asthma. There’s high rates of respiratory illness. Many people have died from cancer and other types of diseases,” said Vivian Huang, a director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, which works with communities that live at the fence line of refineries and other polluting facilities in California. “The Covid pandemic has just exacerbated these immense inequalities.” [ read more … ]

Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color, study finds

By Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

The findings of researchers from five universities, published in the online journal Science Advances, provide the most detailed evidence to date of how Americans of color have not reaped the same benefits as White Americans, even though the country has made major strides in curbing pollution from cars, trucks, factories and other sources. The particles studied have diameters of no more than 2.5 micrometers — one-thirtieth the width of a human hair — and can become embedded in the lungs. Known as Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, they account for between 85,000 and 200,000 premature U.S. deaths each year. [ read more … ]

Senate EPA Hearing

EPA head non-committal on ethanol growth

By Elliott Blackburn, Argus Media  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

“We know that ethanol plays a significant role in providing those resources here and now, today, and will evolve as we start to look at the new future for advanced biofuels and electric vehicles,” Regan said. “So do you think that corn ethanol will still continue to have a place, and do you see it having a larger role in the future, a smaller role?” Ernst asked. “I think that is where I am engaging with the [agriculture] community, with Farm Bureau, with chief executives, to best determine where they believe the markets will go,” Regan said. [ read more … ]

Senators question Regan on biofuels, RFS

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

“Secretary Vilsack and I are having these conversations…There is no intent in terms of exclusion when we talk about the promising future of electric vehicles or when we talk about the promising future of advanced biofuels,” he said, noting that the administration knows ethanol plays a significant role in providing those resources here and now and “will evolve as we start to look at the new futures for advanced biofuels and electric vehicles.” [ read more … ]

State Initatives

POET, Others Ethanol Industry Urging Iowa Legislature To Pass Ethanol Mandate

By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA Radio  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

The state’s biofuel industry is urging Iowa lawmakers to take action on an ethanol bill that has stalled in the legislature. Earlier this year, Governor Kim Reynolds proposed requiring gas stations and convenience stores to offer E-15, the fuel with a 15 percent blend of ethanol. Supporters of the concept in the legislature have crafted a bill that requires E-15 access at every fueling station in Iowa by 2028. The bill hasn’t passed the full House or the Senate. [ read more … ]

Markets

The Car Makes a Covid Comeback, and That Means Burning More Oil

By Alex Longley, Debjit Chakraborty and Andy Hoffman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

It’s starting to feel as commonplace as handwashing: To protect against Covid, people across the globe are skipping trains and buses. Instead, they’re part of the great car comeback that’s sending vehicle sales soaring and fueling a demand surge for oil and metals.
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EIA: Ethanol Stocks at 25-Week Low as Most PADDs Draw Down

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

Midwest PADD 2 ethanol inventories totaled 6.433 million bbl as of April 23, down 222,000 bbl and a sixth straight weekly draw. Stocks are at the lowest level since the week ended Nov. 13, 2020, at 6.279 million bbl. EIA reported East Coast PADD 1 stocks fell a second week, down 301,000 bbl to a 21-week low 6.823 million bbl, while Gulf Coast PADD 3 stocks dropped 230,000 bbl to 4.131 million bbl and West Coast PADD 5 supply added 48,000 bbl to 2.011 million bbl. [ read more … ]

EVs

Why some electric car owners revert back to buying gasoline-powered vehicles

By Bob Yirka, Tech Xplore  •    •  Posted April 29, 2021

A pair of researchers with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis has looked into the problem of some people who buy electric vehicles reverting back to gasoline powered cars as their follow-up vehicles. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, Scott Hardman and Gil Tal describe the survey they sent out to electric vehicle buyers in California and what they learned from those who filled out and returned them. [ read more … ]

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