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NEWS UPDATE June 14, 2021

Top Story

Daschle: New administration could put ethanol into ‘orbit’

By Mikkel Pates, AgWeek  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

“If you want to help agriculture, if you want to help the country, if you want to deal with the environment, if you want to recognize the inevitable around EVs, then high-octane, low carbon fuels is the only solution. It has to be the regulatory solution because in large measure, that is the realistic lay of the land in Washington today.” Daschle acknowledged he was “very disappointed with the past administration’s efforts to eliminate many of the requirements for small refiners,” he said. “That, I think, was really catalytic in undermining the ethanol industry.” [ read more … ]

RFS

Iowa’s Axne blasts Biden over considering oil refiner relief

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa is calling out the Biden administration after hearing he may consider providing relief to oil refiners from Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. Axne is working to set up a phone call with the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House as soon as possible hopefully by Monday, a congressional aide told Agri-Pulse [ read more … ]

RFA Leader Says Oil Refiners Will Fail In Request For RFS Relief

By WNAX  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

Oil refiners are seeking relief from the Biden Administration from biofuel mandates due to high RINS prices. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper says every year Oil interests attack the RFS and ask for relief so this isn’t a surprise. He also doesn’t think they’ll be able to get what they’re seeking. [ read more … ]

Emissions

13 Refineries Emit Dangerous Benzene Emissions That Exceed the EPA’s ‘Action Level,’ a Study Finds

By Aman Azhar, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

The day is etched in Lemont Taylor’s memory unlike any other. He met his doctor on Dec. 14, 2014 to go over lab results from an earlier visit. A few minutes and a couple dozen words later, Taylor’s life had changed. “I was told I had stage four bladder cancer and 30 percent chances of survival,” he recalled. “I was in shock.”     [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

G7 Nations Take Aggressive Climate Action but Hold Back on Coal

By Michael D. Shear, Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

President Biden joined with leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations on Sunday to take action aimed at holding down global temperatures, but failed to set a firm end date on the burning of coal, which is a primary contributor to global warming. Mr. Biden and six other leaders of the Group of 7 nations promised to cut collective emissions in half by 2030 and to try to stem the rapid extinctionof animals and plants, calling it an “equally important existential threat.” They agreed that by next year they would stop international funding for any coal project that lacked technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions and vowed to achieve an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

EVs

G-7 Drops Aim to Shift New Car Sales Away from Oil By 2030

By Josh Wingrove and Alberto Nardelli, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

Group of Seven nations backed away from plans to set a target for making sure most new cars sold are greener vehicles, instead pledging only speed up efforts to move away from combustion engines. In the final communique Sunday, the bloc include an autos section that was far more modest than earlier versions being discussed. It pledged to do more to electrify the transport sector but didn’t set firm target dates. [ read more … ]

GM, Ford are all-in on EVs. Here’s how their dealers feel about it

By Bob Woods, CNBC  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

After years of come-and-gone predictions that battery-powered sedans, pickups and SUVs would replace gas-guzzling, emissions-spewing models, the shift to electric vehicles is revving up. Beyond EV pioneer and market leader Tesla, virtually every major auto manufacturer is lining up to flip the e-switch and it is not just a big deal for consumers, but the thousands of auto dealerships across the country that will need to embrace the electric future. [ read more … ]

CoBank: Rural EV Adoption to Expand

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted June 14, 2021

Though many rural communities have been bolstered by the biofuels boom of the past 15 years, the door is opening for expanded adoption of electric-vehicle technology in rural America, a new report from CoBank suggests. During its first six months in power, the Biden administration has stepped up federal efforts to address climate change, including a push to expand the availability and use of electric vehicles. Those efforts have created anxiety among biofuels producers and farmers who say ethanol and biomass biodiesel are already available and effective tools to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

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