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NEWS UPDATE July 11, 2021

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Buttigieg hints fuel economy standards will be ambitious

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stressed the importance of strict fuel economy standards to clean up the transportation sector because, even as the U.S. shifts to more electric vehicles, gas-powered cars will still be on the roads for some time. “No matter how good we get at” making electric cars affordable, there will still be gas-powered cars on the roads for a long time “even when no gas cars are being sold,” Buttigieg said. [ read more … ]

Reactions: E15 & RFS Decisions

Five Ways to Save Year-Round E15 Sales

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

The nixing of EPA’s E15 rule that allowed year-round sales has in many respects taken the ethanol industry back to square one. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week tossed out the Trump administration’s rule that had been widely celebrated by the ethanol industry. Eliminating the restriction on E15 use in some areas of the country, from June 1 to Sept. 15, set in motion expanded offerings of the fuel by gasoline retailers across the country. There are multiple actions in response to the court ruling that could be taken in the coming weeks and months. Ethanol groups told DTN they are considering the options. [ read more … ]

Axne: Court rulings against biofuels are ‘based on old science’

By Katie Akin, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

An aide to Axne said she was “working to identify updates to policy that could counteract the effects of recent federal court rulings.” That effort includes her support of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, a bill introduced in February to address oil refinery exemptions, and an upcoming bill to help restore year-round E-15 sales. “We’ve been so strapped by old science and old laws, that’s really been one of the biggest problems,” Axne said Thursday. “If we can get that changed, it will really open things up.” Axne, co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, said she also met with EPA Administrator Michael Regan last week about the “importance of supporting biofuels.” [ read more … ]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tours Hormel Institute

By Mike Stoll, Austin Daily Herald  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

During the tour, Klobuchar learned of the Institute’s research into the role biofuels play in reducing the risk of cancer. A recent study, which was a collaboration between The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, and the Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois Chicago, showed that gasoline containing ethanol produces lower emissions of toxic chemicals known to cause cancer. These ethanol-blended fuels are widely available at gas stations as E10, E15, or E85. “There are major issues with biofuels and the fight we have with the oil companies,” Klobuchar said. “Sen. (Chuck) Grassley, Sen. (Joni) Ernst and I have been doing a lot of work on this to make sure that with a new administration, biofuels are not forgotten, and that we see that as the clean fuels they are. The oil companies have always been in our face, and this is further research that we are going to be able to use in our arsenal of arguments.” [ read more … ]

Markets

China Set to Hit Pause Button on U.S. Corn Buying on Weak Market

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

China is likely to take a break from buying large amounts of U.S. corn after record purchases this year because the domestic harvest is approaching and local prices have slumped to the cheapest since late 2020. The world’s largest importer has already bought more than 10.5 million tons of U.S. corn for the 2021-22 marketing year, and over 23 million tons for the current season, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Total imports next year will likely be 20 million tons, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, while the USDA’s official forecast for this year is 26 million tons. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Iowa’s ethanol industry needs certainty from Biden and Congress

By Editorial Board, The Gazette  •    •  Posted July 11, 2021

For more than a decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, especially in agricultural states such as Iowa, which grow corn to turn into ethanol fuel. However, the ethanol industry recently suffered two setbacks in the courts and President Joe Biden’s non-committal stance on the issue is giving rise to uncertainty. In a case decided last week, a federal court sided with petroleum interests and reversed a Trump administration policy that allowed the sale of higher blend ethanol fuel, known as E15, throughout the year. That 2019 rule bucked by the court did away with limits on E15 in the summer and was lauded by the agriculture community and its allies in Iowa. [ read more … ]

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