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NEWS UPDATE May 2, 2021

Top Story

Cleaning up what can’t plug in

By Peter Fairley, Grist  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

These days Frank Lemos manages a shipping operation, but the former truck driver still gets behind the wheel occasionally to train new drivers or to fill a staffing hole. When he does, he notices a big difference. The firm recently moved away from conventional diesel fuel, and without it there’s something missing: the permeating petroleum smell that drivers wear after a day inside a big rig.  [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

U.S. Farmers Look for Government Help to Support Biden’s Climate Plans

By Jacob Bunge, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

A White House goal to slash U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions hinges in part on farmers and agriculture companies changing the way they manage fields and feedlots. The farm sector says it will need the government’s help to make it happen. President Biden has called for cutting U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, compared with the baseline year of 2005. He said farmers could help achieve the goal—and benefit from it. In his speech Wednesday before Congress, Mr. Biden said farmers could be paid for planting cover crops that remove more carbon from the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

State Initiatives

Ethanol expansion ’a big push’ as Iowa Legislature nears adjournment

By Rod Boshart, The Gazette  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

Farm interests, fuel retailers and others whipsawed a state Senate panel Thursday over a legislative proposal seeking to push more use of renewable fuels that proponents hailed as an economic boon for Iowa-based industries and critics panned as a government intrusion that would cost drivers more at the pump. Five members of a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee heard over 75 minutes of impassioned testimony on a bill Gov. Kim Reynolds introduced to promote more ethanol and biodiesel sales in Iowa, but that House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, conceded to reporters “is a difficult push” as the 2021 legislative session pushes toward adjournment. [ read more … ]

Rough road ahead for bill backed by Gov. Kim Reynolds mandating renewable fuel at Iowa pumps

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

Prospects appeared grim for legislation that would require Iowa truck stops, gas stations and convenience stores to offer fuel with higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel after a state Senate subcommittee heard Thursday from farm, fuel and transportation leaders who offered opposing views on the bill’s impact. Gov. Kim Reynolds and House Speaker Pat Grassley have acknowledged problems getting the bill passed in the Legislature’s waning weeks, even with intense efforts to reach a compromise. [ read more … ]

Markets

Corn set for biggest monthly gain in more than two years

By Reuters  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

U.S. corn futures edged higher on Friday, as the grain was poised to post its biggest one-month gain in more than two years on global supply concerns. Soybeans were little changed, while wheat rose 0.5%. The most-active corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade were up 0.2% at $6.49-3/4 a bushel by 0401 GMT, after closing up 0.7% lower on Thursday. [ read more … ]

GHG Emissions

NASEM announces provisional committee for new study on life cycle analyses of low-carbon fuels

By Green Car Congress  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM’s) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) announced the provisional committee for a new consensus study, Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States. Low carbon fuel standards, such as the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, are major US programs for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels. These standards rely on life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to estimate fuel GHG emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Carper urges tough US rules barring gas-powered cars by 2035

By HOPE YEN and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

A top Senate Democrat is urging U.S. anti-pollution standards that would follow a deal brokered by California with five automakers and then set targets to end sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal that reaches farther than President Joe Biden’s climate plan. In a letter sent late Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says the administration must move forcefully in the auto sector to achieve Biden’s plan of slashing America’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
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Audi Sees Electric Cars Occupying Half the Global Market by 2030

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

Audi expects combustion engines to cede about half of the global premium-car market to electric variants by the end of this decade, highlighting the dramatic erosion of their dominance as the shift toward battery power accelerates. Hybrid cars that blend conventional and battery power are contributing to the transition, and purely electric vehicles will prevail after 2030, Chief Executive Officer Markus Duesmann said on Thursday in a speech at the Vienna Engine Symposium. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Nebraska and EPA Look for Solution

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted May 2, 2021

Agricultural corn seed giants started working on a containment strategy as Nebraska environmental regulators began taking stock of the pesticide and fungicide contamination at an ethanol plant that processed treated seeds almost exclusively. Seed companies stepped in and hired a company to take over environmental cleanup at the AltEn LLC ethanol plant, capable of producing 24 million gallons per year, outside Mead, Nebraska, about 20 minutes from the suburbs of Omaha. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.