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NEWS UPDATE June 28, 2021

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U.S. biofuel groups urge EPA to curb oil refinery waivers despite ruling

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

U.S. biofuel and corn industry groups said on Monday they are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to use restraint in its use of waivers exempting refiners from their biofuel blending obligations after the Supreme Court last week upheld the controversial program. The pressure comes as the refining industry and its representatives push hard for the opposite, asking that the administration of President Joe Biden ease the industry’s compliance costs under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard to help it recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

Reactions: SCOTUS SRE Decision

Biofuels Coalition Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Tenth Circuit’s RFS Refinery Exemption Ruling

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

A coalition of renewable fuel and farm groups expressed “extreme disappointment” in today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a 2020 appellate court ruling that struck down three improper small refinery exemptions granted by previous EPA administrators. However, because certain elements of the appellate court ruling were left unchallenged and were not reviewed by the Supreme Court, the groups remain optimistic that the Biden administration will discontinue the past administration’s flagrant abuse of the refinery exemption program. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Green groups shift energy to reconciliation package

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

Environmental advocates are shifting their focus to a multi-trillion, Democrat-led spending package after seeing that a smaller bipartisan infrastructure deal is unlikely to include many of their priorities. The bipartisan agreement is expected to include some scaled-down versions of President Biden’s climate proposals, but activists are optimistic that they can achieve many of their goals through a Democrat-only measure that is poised to advance alongside the smaller $1.2 trillion package. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure deal would boost investments in transportation, with infusions for rail and transit

By Ian Duncan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

The agreement includes $312 billion dedicated to transportation, a proposal that would represent a significant boost in federal spending on the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Layered on top of current federal spending, it would provide billions more than lawmakers have included in transportation funding bills moving through Congress, even though it’s scaled back by about one-third from the White House’s initial American Jobs Plan. Despite the lower overall spending, the administration said it would achieve many of the same transportation objectives. [ read more … ]

High-Octane Low-Carbon Fuels

SD Farmers Union Hails Automaker Endorsement of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels “A Major Breakthrough for U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry”

By Karla Hofhenke, SDFU  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke called the recent letter from the auto industry’s major trade group to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle a “major game changer” because it endorses the immediate use of high octane low carbon (HOLC) fuels like E30 to reduce carbon and toxics emissions. Sombke said the letter from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) was perfectly timed because EPA is finalizing a fuel efficiency rule that is expected to shape U.S. gasoline composition during the decades-long transition to electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Ethanol Industry Banks On Carbon Capture To Slow Climate Change, But Researchers Have Doubts

By Katie Peikes, Illinois Newsroom  •    •  Posted June 28, 2021

The Biden administration plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade. Renewable fuels are part of the plan, but some researchers say ethanol doesn’t help that much. The ethanol industry says steps it’s taking could make it more of a player in slowing climate change.  President Joe Biden’s plan calls on the U.S. to lower carbon pollution in transportation by “reducing tailpipe emissions and boosting the efficiency of cars and trucks.” The Biden administration plans to invest heavily in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The White House hopes to reach net-zero emissions – when the greenhouse gases that go into the atmosphere are offset by activities that take it out – by 2050.
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