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NEWS UPDATE September 30, 2021

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Automakers, Biofuels Groups Press EPA For High-Octane Fuel Standard

By Stuart Parker, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

Automakers and biofuels advocates in comments on EPA’s proposed tougher light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards are urging the agency to create a high-octane fuel standard that would allow more fuel-efficient cars, and greatly boost ethanol sales, even though EPA largely avoided discussion of liquid fuels in its plan. Supporters of the high-octane policy are acknowledging that EPA might have to pursue the idea in a separate rulemaking — along with other policies to benefit biofuels — apart from its plan to strengthen auto GHG standards for model years 2023-2026. [ read more … ]

RFS

U.S. Energy Secretary doesn’t expect lower RVO levels

By Will Robinson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tells Brownfield Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard won’t be set below recent levels. “No, I don’t think so,” Granholm said. “There’s going to be a need for greater not fewer.” Granholm said biofuels will be receiving increased support through tax credits and the RFS. [ read more … ]

Aid

USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with climate change. In a speech at Colorado State University, Vilsack said he would transfer money from the Commodity Credit Corp. for a variety of efforts, including a proposed pilot program to test conservation practices’ carbon benefits and to more closely monitor for diseases such as African swine fever, which has appeared as close by as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. [ read more … ]

USDA Aims at Ag Woes in $3B Package

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

USDA is directing billions of dollars to prevent the spread of African swine fever, bolster disaster programs in response to drought hurting cattle producers and farmers facing market disruptions.
The agency announced on Wednesday plans to tap funds from the Commodity Credit Corp. as part of what USDA calls a “comprehensive investment package.”
[ read more … ]

EVs

Unions and EVs: Can Dems really have both?

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

Imagine two $40,000 American-made electric cars, one made by a unionized workers in Michigan and the other by nonunion workers in Tennessee. After a proposed federal tax break, the Tennessee vehicle would cost $32,500 and the Michigan one would cost $28,000. Is that fair? Now imagine the workers who made those cars. The median hourly wage for a union Michigan assembly worker is about $21, while the nonunion Tennessee worker is $18. Is that fair? [ read more … ]

Electric Vans Roll Off Line That Once Made Gas-Guzzling Hummers

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 30, 2021

The vans are basically breadboxes on wheels. But the company is not trying to turn heads on the sidewalk. It’s hoping to get the attention of fleet managers with a simple proposition: save money by converting to electric. The vehicles have a range of 100 to 120 miles, 171 cubic feet of cargo space (enough to carry several hundred shoe boxes) and a cost of about $27,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. By ELMS estimates, the total cost of ownership, including fuel and maintenance, is 35% cheaper than comparable gas-powered vans. [ read more … ]

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