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NEWS UPDATE September 7, 2021

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Midwest Democrats Urge Leaders To Boost Biofuels In Reconciliation Bill

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

In a Sept. 2 letter, the lawmakers urge Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “to make sure that the upcoming budget legislation currently being drafted includes support for homegrown renewable fuels. Providing additional market access for higher blends of low carbon fuels in the budget reconciliation process will create jobs in rural communities, lower the price of fuel for consumers at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and, most importantly, decrease carbon emissions.” [ read more … ]

Biofuels Initiatives

Axne convenes rural task force meetings

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

Third district Congresswoman Cindy Axne is co-chair of the new Rural Reinvestment Task Force formed by the New Democrat Coalition in the U.S. House. Axne says she’ll be recruiting other House Democrats who can articulate a policy agenda that supports rural communities. “I see it as an opportunity for us to have a greater voice of a concerned group of legislators who can raise these issues up,” Axne says. “…There is a big misunderstanding of what rural America does contribute.” [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

After a Summer of Disasters, Some Lawmakers See a Chance for Climate Action

By Coral Davenport and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

As the country reels from the cascade of deaths and devastation wrought by this summer’s record floods, heat waves, droughts and wildfires, President Biden and progressive Democrats are using the moment to push for aggressive climate provisions in a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget bill. Speaking on Thursday in Queens, where nearly a dozen people died a day earlier during flash floods, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, said that when the Senate returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue work on budget legislation, it would include provisions designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions linked to extreme weather. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon removal technology reaches early milestone

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

The world’s largest facility dedicated to removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is set to come online tomorrow in Iceland, a major milestone for the nascent direct air capture industry.
Constructed by the Swiss company Climeworks AG with support from Microsoft Corp., Swiss Re and other prominent corporate customers, the landmark facility is expected to pull 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually and store it permanently underground. The plant is named “Orca,” which means “energy” in Icelandic, and is roughly 20 miles southeast of the capital, Reykjavík. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture from Nebraska Ethanol Plants Proposed

By Fred Knapp, Nebraska Public Media  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

Big plans are being proposed to capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Nebraska and pipe it away for storage. Supporters say that’ll help fight climate change, but critics say it’ll just postpone long-range solutions. Standing on County Road O outside the Green Plains ethanol plant near York, Nebraska, in the foreground you can see a long string of black railroad tank cars stands ready to carry ethanol from the plant. In the background are tanks where corn is fermented and carbon dioxide is vented into the atmosphere. But soon, that carbon dioxide could be captured and sent via pipeline hundreds of miles for storage in North Dakota. [ read more … ]


Climate Anxiety Is the First Stage. Climate Whiplash Comes Next

By Akshat Rath, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

The science is straightforward: burning fossil fuels adds greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, which warms the planet and makes the weather weird. That weirdness might have felt mild at first. But that’s no longer the case. Consider, for example, that a third of U.S. residents live in a county that was struck by a climate-fueled disaster—droughts, floods, wildfires, heatwaves or hurricanes—in the last three months. Many of those events set new records and led to billions of dollars in damages. [ read more … ]


Ireland considers move to cleaner E10 petrol

By The Times  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

The government is considering following Britain’s lead in making E10 fuel the standard petrol blend at filling stations. Britain joined the US, Australia and several European countries in making E10, a blend of fossil fuel and up to 10 per cent biofuel, the standard petrol this month, with Northern Ireland due to make the change early next year. [ read more … ]


Warren Buffett-backed electric carmaker BYD sees August sales surge more than 300%

By Arjun Kharpal, CNBC  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

BYD sold 61,409 new energy vehicles in August, more than four times the amount sold a year ago, as demand for electric cars continues to rise in the world’s largest auto market. That figure was nearly evenly split between sales of battery electric vehicles and so-called plug-in hybrids. BYD, which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the biggest electric vehicle makers in China [ read more … ]

Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

By Niraj Chokshi, Matthew Goldstein and Erin Woo, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

In President Biden’s vision of a green future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. But something really basic is standing in the way of that plan: enough outlets to plug in all those cars and trucks. The country has tens of thousands of public charging stations — the electric car equivalent of gas pumps — with about 110,000 chargers. But energy and auto experts say that number needs to be at least five to 10 times as big to achieve the president’s goal. Building that many will cost tens of billions of dollars, far more than the $7.5 billion that lawmakers have set aside in the infrastructure bill. [ read more … ]


What Stubborn Mules Can Teach Us About Teslas

By Liam Denning, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 7, 2021

It says a lot that when the tractor’s inarguable efficiency gains could no longer be ignored, the pugnacious secretary of the Horse and Mule Association recast this as the “inclination of the human race to be lazy,” adding, in words tailor-made for a Deere campaign, that farmers “want to get their work done in less time.”  Herein lies the hopeful undercurrent for EVs. Yes, it takes a combination of sometimes unforeseen and seemingly unrelated developments to tip the balance toward change. But when it happens, it quickly acquires the mantle of inevitability, and rival technologies tend not to coexist for very long. [ read more … ]



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