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NEWS UPDATE May 26, 2021

Top Story

Shell Loses Climate Case That May Set Precedent for Big Oil

By Diederik Baazil, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell Plc was ordered by a Dutch court to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned, dealing a blow to the oil giant that could have far reaching consequences for the rest of the global fossil fuel industry. Shell has pledged to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030, and to net-zero by 2050. That’s not enough, a court in The Hague ruled Wednesday afternoon, ordering the oil producer to slash emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. [ read more … ]

RFS

RFA asks courts to dismiss its challenges in SRE cases

By Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Following last week’s decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate and remand three small refinery exemptions granted by EPA to Sinclair Oil Corp. on the eve of President Biden’s inauguration, the Renewable Fuels Association on Monday asked both the Tenth and D.C. Circuit Courts to dismiss its challenges to the three midnight-hour exemptions. The Tenth Circuit’s vacatur of the three exemptions last week means RFA was successful in preserving 260 million gallons of renewable fuel blending requirements that would have otherwise been erased if the exemptions had been allowed to stand. [ read more … ]

Bill would restrict RFS waivers for small refineries

By Marc Heller, E&E Daily  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

 A bipartisan group of senators yesterday proposed legislation to tweak regulations for small refineries seeking exemptions from biofuel blending requirements. The bill, mirroring legislation already introduced in the House — H.R. 1113 — in February, would give refineries a deadline of June 1 each year to apply to EPA for the exemptions, which the agency grants in cases of economic hardship. [ read more … ]

Fischer, Duckworth introduce RFS Integrity Act

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on May 25 introduced the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which aims to bring additional transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process.   The bill would require small refineries to petition for SREs by June 1 of each year. The change would ensure the EPA is able to properly account for exempted gallons in the annual renewable volume obligations (RVOs), which are set each November for the following year. The legislation would also require the EPA to publish the name of the refinery and how many gallons are exempted at the same time the refiner is notified that they received an exemption. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Iowa lawmakers urge Biden to prioritize biofuels

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa; Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa; and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Biden on May 25 urging him to uphold his promise to support biofuels. The letter urges the Biden administration to include biofuels in any final legislative proposal for infrastructure investments. “Biofuels are a proven climate solution that can provide a cost-effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions while providing good jobs for rural America,” the lawmakers wrote. [ read more … ]

State Initiatives

Iowa E15 Mandate Bill Left on Shelf at End of State’s Legislative Session

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

The 2021 session of the Iowa General Assembly ended without a vote on a controversial bill that would mandate the sale of E15 and 11% biodiesel blends at gasoline stations across the state. The measure introduced by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in January, raised concern from convenience store chains that stood opposed because of potential costs to comply. Iowa biofuels groups said they are willing to keep pushing for the passage of the legislation next year. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Heat and smog hit low-income communities and people of color hardest, scientists say

By Tik Root, Washington Post  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

“Heat is the number-one weather-related killer,” said Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments at the University of Arizona, who reviewed both reports. But he said the problem often doesn’t get as much attention as hurricanes, sea level rise or other events being exacerbated by climate change. Both studies clearly highlight how the damage from climate change is worse for minority and poor neighborhoods, Ladd said. “Bolstering evidence in that area is really important,” he said. [ read more … ]

Markets

Despite objections, Texas company seeking to buy cattle yard near Mead ethanol plant wins permit

By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Over objections from two major seed manufacturers, the Saunders County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday granted a permit to a Texas company seeking to purchase a cattle operation adjoining the troubled AltEn plant near Mead. The board voted 7-0 to grant a conditional use permit to Champion Feeders of Hereford, Texas, to operate Mead Cattle Co., which provided manure that AltEn converted into methane to power its ethanol production facility. [ read more … ]

Extending biodiesel tax credits

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

Lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation in both the House and Senate to extend the biodiesel tax credit, presently set to expire next year, to 2025. Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) introduced a House version Tuesday, while Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. [ read more … ]

EVs

Manchin not so excited for EVs

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted May 26, 2021

“I don’t remember Henry Ford — when he built the Model T — that we went out and built filling stations for him,” Manchin told reporters. “We should give them incentives and help them mature it. We’re willing to do it, but it shouldn’t cost as far as the debt to the nation.” [ read more … ]

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