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NEWS UPDATE August 19, 2021

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EPA chief to tour EJ suburb studded with oil rigs

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

The oil industry funded a baseball field next to drilling rigs in the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington. But the air is so polluted that some kids can be seen sucking on asthma inhalers as they play, according to local activists. EPA Administrator Michael Regan will visit the area to see the environmental effects that one of the largest concentrations of West Coast oil refineries has on Wilmington’s residents. Nearly 97% of the 55,000-person population are people of color. Many are of them are financially impoverished. [ read more … ]


Corn, ethanol groups ask federal appeals court to rehear arguments on allowing higher blend year-round

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

Three biofuel and farm groups have asked a federal appeals court to review a decision that blocks the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol during summer months. The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association filed a petition this week asking the full court to rehear the case. The groups said the three-judge panel that originally heard the case made legal errors in reaching its decision. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Biden admin weighs penalty increase for car companies

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

The Biden administration is weighing a sharp increase in penalties car companies must pay for not complying with fuel economy standards from model years 2019 to 2021, potentially costing the industry hundreds of million of dollars. In a proposed rule, a division of the Transportation Department this week said it is seeking public comment on whether to reinstate an Obama-era rule that imposed an inflation adjustment to the civil penalty rate starting in 2019. A 2015 law required a number of agencies to adjust their Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, rates, which had not been updated since 1997. [ read more … ]


Scientists see old hurricane predictions coming true

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

In 1987, climate scientist Kerry Emanuel published a simple conclusion in the scientific journal Nature: As the earth’s climate warms, hurricanes will grow more intense. It was one of the first published predictions about hurricane activity and future climate change. Now, 34 years later, scientists see it coming true before their eyes. [ read more … ]


Tractors Finally Get the Tesla Treatment

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

Wente Vineyards typically picks its grapes in the late summer and fall, but it harvests its complaints months earlier. Like most vintners, Wente sprays its grapes with fungicide in the spring. But its vines crawl around a dense patchwork of neighborhoods in Livermore, Calif., about 30 miles east of San Francisco Bay. If Wente crews dust the plants after 6 a.m. on a weekday, they run afoul of laws regulating air quality around schools and daycares. Dust before 6 a.m. and the phone starts ringing with calls from people who prefer a traditional alarm clock to the rumble of a diesel tractor. [ read more … ]

California regulators contemplate zero-emission vehicle mandate by 2025

By Debra Kahn, Politico  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

California environmental regulators on Tuesday said they were considering accelerating the state’s climate policies to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, including requiring all new-car sales to be zero-emission by 2025. [ read more … ]


Iowa Biofuels Tour Makes New Stop at Verbio RNG Plant

By Cassidy Walter, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

This week, nearly 30 Congressional staffers visited the Verbio renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Nevada as part of the 12thAnnual Iowa Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour – marking the first time RNG has been featured on the tour. “We are proud to showcase the latest innovation rural Iowa has to offer to these staffers and the Verbio RNG plant is the definition of new innovation,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw. “These staffers work with members of Congress to shape the future ag and energy policy of the nation. This tour gives them the opportunity to see up close how companies like Verbio are working today to reduce carbon emissions and support our economy.” [ read more … ]

US Ethanol Stocks Drawn Down 700,000 Bbl for Week Ended Aug. 13

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

Domestic inventory of ethanol was drawn down 700,000 barrels (bbl) or 3.1% to 21.6 million bbl during the week ended Aug. 13, the Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday, Aug. 18, with stocks sitting 1.9 million bbl or 9.6% above a year ago. The drawdown at the national level coincided with a 13,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) or 1.3% decline in output at U.S. ethanol plants to 973,000 bpd during the week reviewed, with the production rate 55,000 bpd or 6% above the comparable week a year ago. Midwest plant production slid 11,000 bpd or 1.2% to 921,000 bpd, 49,000 bpd or 5.6% above the year-ago output rate for the same week. [ read more … ]

U.S. crude stockpiles fall to January 2020 lows -EIA

By David Gaffen, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 19, 2021

U.S. crude oil stockpiles dropped last week to their lowest levels since January 2020, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Inventories have been declining for several months as U.S. fuel demand has rebounded with Americans getting vaccinated against coronavirus. Infections, however, are surging again and analysts are watching to see if fuel demand slackens, particularly across southern states where the number of people infected has surged. [ read more … ]


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