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NEWS UPDATE August 15, 2021

Top Story

Climate scientists have a message for the world: Don’t give up

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

A much-anticipated report released Monday by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has inspired dire headlines and international hand-wringing over the starkest warnings yet about droughts, floods, fires, extreme heat, rising sea levels and melting ice. But climate scientists and authors of the report — the experts most intimately familiar with these grim findings — have a message for the world: Don’t give up. There’s work to be done. [ read more … ]

Proposed Car Rule Comment Schedule

Biden fuel efficiency proposal sets stage for emission cuts

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

The Biden administration has proposed requiring carmakers to increase their fuel efficiency by 8% annually for model year 2024 through 2026, which is on par with what EPA has also proposed. EPA is slated to host a hearing to consider the proposal on Aug. 25 and is accepting comments through Sept. 27. NHTSA will take comments on its proposal for 60 days. A final rule is expected by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Reactions to Administration’s EV and Auto Emission Plan

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Jennings Presses Biden to Stand by Ethanol

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

With reports the Biden administration is further delaying the release of proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2021 and 2022, the head of the American Coalition for Ethanol asked the president in a letter on Wednesday to support the industry.
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Exclusive-Exxon, Chevron look to make renewable fuels without costly refinery upgrades -sources

By Laura Sanicola, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

The two largest U.S. oil companies want to produce sustainable fuels without ponying up billions of dollars that some refineries are spending to reconfigure operations to make such products. Renewable fuels account for 5% of U.S. fuel consumption, but are poised to grow as various sectors adapt to cut overall carbon emissions to combat global climate change.
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Reconciliation Bill

Record Climate Spending Is in Reach With Senate Budget Blueprint

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

If adopted by the House and enacted through separate legislation to be written in coming months, the Senate-passed spending plan would impose a tariff on high-carbon imports and create a program compelling electric utilities to shift to emission-free power sources. It would build on tens of billions of dollars in clean energy spending in a bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate earlier this week [ read more … ]

Biden wants to create clean energy jobs. Here’s what they might look like

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

If President Biden successfully pushes his climate change plans through Congress, he’s hoping for a lot more jobs like these — good-paying, blue-collar union jobs. But it’s not a sure bet, and the transition away from fossil fuels could cause upheaval for some workers even as it produces new opportunity for others. [ read more … ]


Senate push for expansive electric-vehicle incentives in $3.5 trillion budget could hit bumps

By Michael Laris, Washington Post  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) — who represents a state President Biden visited in May to test drive Ford’s new all-electric F-150 Lightning truck — has pushed for tax credits of up to $12,500 per vehicle. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for rebates when drivers buy electric vehicles, part of an effort he once argued should be backed by hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds. [ read more … ]

Air quality in Minnesota: Where we’ve been, and where we are now

By Robert Moffitt, Minneapolis Post Tribune  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

In a few weeks, I’ll be retiring after 20 years with the American Lung Association. Much of my work was in the fields of clean air and alternative fuels and vehicles. Since I joined the Lung Association in 2001, many things have changed, and many challenges remain to be solved. This is a look back at where Minnesota was 20 years ago, and where we are today. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

North Dakota holds first carbon storage hearing as ethanol plant seeks to capture emissions

By Amy R. Sisk, Bismark Tribune  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

Representatives of a Richardton ethanol plant appeared before state regulators Thursday seeking a permit to store carbon dioxide captured from the facility underground, the first hearing of its kind to take place in North Dakota as the state’s energy industry looks to rein in emissions. [ read more … ]


Biden team is seeking ways to address rising energy prices

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

National security adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday called on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to move faster to restore global supply of petroleum to pre-pandemic levels, and the White House asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the domestic gasoline market for any anti-competitive behavior that could be increasing prices. [ read more … ]


Can America Really Drive Its Way Out of Climate Change?

By SPENCER BOKAT-LINDELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 14, 2021

It would be a transformative change for a nation in no small way defined by its love of the internal combustion engine. But on the heels of the latest dire United Nations climate change report — which the U.N. Secretary General said “must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet” — does Biden’s plan go far enough? And can the climate problem posed by America’s car dependency really be solved by swapping gasoline for batteries? Here’s what people are saying. [ read more … ]


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