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NEWS UPDATE July 25, 2021

Top Story

Governors Urge Expanded Use of High Octane Ethanol

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition leaders Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem are asking the Biden Administration to expand the use of higher-octane ethanol to meet climate and public health goals. The governors’ letter focuses on the timeliness of the expanded use of ethanol now: “As the Office of Management and Budget continues to review the Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles (SAFE) rule, there is a great opportunity to meet the Administration’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality while providing continued growth of the nation’s biofuels industry.” [ read more … ]

RFS

Setting The Record Straight On Renewable Fuels

Office of Senator Chuck Grassley  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

When it comes to the RFS, it is hard to argue there has ever been a more successful clean fuels policy implemented across the world. Between 2008 and 2020, the use of biofuels under the RFS resulted in a savings of 980 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent to removing over 200 million cars from the road for one year. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon-capture pipelines offer climate aid; activists wary

By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

The pipelines would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, potentially transforming the Corn Belt into one of the world’s largest corridors for a technology called carbon capture and storage. Environmental activists and landowners have hindered other proposed pipelines in the region that pump oil, carrying carbon that was buried in the earth to engines or plants where it is burned and emitted. The new projects would essentially do the opposite by capturing carbon dioxide at ethanol refineries and transporting it to sites where it could be buried thousands of feet underground. [ read more … ]

Climate

Heat wave death toll of 117 will rise with thorough count

By Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

When the Washington State Department of Health said this week that the recent heat wave in the Northwest had killed 117 people, many people missed an important word in the announcement. Preliminary. [ read more … ]

NCGA CEO says ag has transitioned from climate skepticism

By Julie Harker, Brownfield  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

The CEO of the National Corn Growers Association says agriculture has transitioned from climate change skepticism to acceptance of conservation practices that can benefit farmers, ranchers and the planet. Jon Doggett, formerly with American Farm Bureau, says he was asked to be the Farm Bureau climate change lead after the Kyoto protocol was signed in the late ‘90s, “Farm Bureau was leading among the climate change skeptics and it’s one of the things I kind of regret in my career because we were wrong.” [ read more … ]

Markets

DOE: Corn ethanol employment expected to grow in 2021

By DOE  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy on July 19 released its 2021 U.S. Energy Employment Report, which shows fuel ethanol employment fell slightly last year, but at a much lower rate than the overall U.S. fuels sector. Corn ethanol employment is expected to rebound this year. The overall U.S. fuel sector lost 211,201 jobs in 2020, an 18.4 decline. Oil and gas experienced the steepest declines, at nearly 21 percent. The DOE estimates that corn ethanol employment fell by about 4 percent or 1,360 jobs last year, with employment at approximately 33,506. [ read more … ]

EVs

GM Recalls All-Electric Chevy Bolt for Second Time Due to Fire Risk

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

General Motors Co. is recalling its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt for a second time because of a potential battery defect that can cause a fire, underscoring the technical challenges car companies face as they race to develop more plug-in vehicles. GM said Friday that its investigation into recent battery fires involving the cars found that manufacturing defects in a certain battery cell were the root cause. It is asking owners of 2017-2019 model year Bolts to keep their electric-vehicle charges at a certain level and to park the cars outside after charging them. [ read more … ]

Electric-Vehicle Sales Growth Outpaces Broader Auto Industry

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

The auto industry’s push into electric vehicles has gained traction this year with sales of these models growing at a faster clip than the broader U.S. car business. While still a sliver of the overall market, sales of plug-in vehicles more than doubled in the first half of 2021 compared with last year, when the pandemic sapped sales. That far outpaced the 29% rise for total vehicle sales, according to research firm Wards Intelligence. [ read more … ]

Gas Engines, and the People Behind Them, Are Cast Aside for Electric Vehicles

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

Steven Penkevich spent 36 years at Ford Motor Co. F -0.65% as part of an army of Detroit engineers who perfected the internal combustion engine, a technology dating back to the dawn of the automobile era. He developed gasoline engines for family sedans as well as thunderous Nascar racing machines. By last year, though, the excitement was gone. His projects were no longer about advancing the engine, just nursing along existing technology. All the buzz had shifted to electric vehicles. In December, Mr. Penkevich took early retirement at age 59. [ read more … ]

Can The Airline Industry Live Without Fossil Fuels?

By Josh Owens, S&P Global  •    •  Posted July 25, 2021

The global war on emissions has exploded in recent years, with every company, industry, and government on earth now desperately attempting to reduce its carbon footprint. From the introduction of carbon taxes to the adoption of electric vehicles and the rising market share of renewable energy, carbon is under attack. But not all industries are equal, and the aviation industry, in particular, has proven incredibly hard to decarbonize. Today, we will take a look at why jet fuel is so hard to replace and whether it will ever be possible to fly emissions-free. [ read more … ]

 

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