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NEWS UPDATE October 5, 2021

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Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Study of Humanity’s Role in Changing Climate

By Cade Metz, Marc Santora and Cora Engelbrecht, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Three scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that “laid the foundation of our knowledge of the Earth’s climate and how humanity influences it.” All three scientists have been working to understand the complex natural systems that have been driving climate change for decades, and their discoveries have provided the scaffolding on which predictions about climate are built. The importance of their work has only gained urgency as the forecast models reveal an increasingly dire outlook if the rise in global temperature is not arrested. [ read more … ]

E15

Biofuels Group Asks High Court To Overturn Summertime Ban On E15 Fuel

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Biofuels advocacy group Growth Energy is asking the Supreme Court to review and overturn a ban on summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15), reimposed after a lower court struck down the Trump EPA’s approval of the blend, warning that high court review now is crucial to allow sales of E15 and higher ethanol blends in the future. In its Oct. 4 petition, Growth Energy seeks high court review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s July 2 ruling in American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al., v. EPA, which vacated the Trump EPA rule allowing year-round sales of E15. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Petitions Supreme Court on E15

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Growth Energy asked the Supreme Court to consider whether EPA has the authority to allow year-round E15 sales, in a petition filed with the court on Monday, arguing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit erred in vacating the E15 rule. E15 fuel is 15% ethanol, 85% gasoline. The E15 rule had prohibited from June 1 through Sept. 15 the sale of higher ethanol blends with their higher volatility to lower smog in summer.
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Reconciliation Bill

Advocates for biofuel are making their voices heard as blending obligations face potential cut from White House

By RFD-TV  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Biofuel advocates are making their voices heard in a last-minute push to earn more support in the reconciliation package. The “Carbon 50 Project” is a network of farm leaders, former lawmakers, and clean energy advocates pushing for a 50 state approach to reduce carbon emissions. Project co-chair, Carol Warner says that the current federal funding debate is the perfect time to advance biofuels. “This is a huge opportunity to get things right to align our policies, to build trust between Washington and the rest of the country and particularly rural America. So, that is the overarching priority and part of that means really making sure that we are doing right by agriculture.” [ read more … ]

Markets

Energy Prices Spike as Producers Worry Over Pandemic and Climate

By Clifford Krauss and Peter Eavis, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Americans are spending a dollar more for a gallon of gasoline than they were a year ago. Natural gas prices have shot up more than 150 percent over the same time, threatening to raise prices of food, chemicals, plastic goods and heat this winter. The energy system is suddenly in crisis around the world as the cost of oil, natural gas and coal has climbed rapidly in recent months. In China, Britain and elsewhere, fuel shortages and panic buying have led to blackouts and long lines at filling stations. [ read more … ]

Western ethanol producers ‘caught in the jaws of a vise’ with short corn supply and weak biofuel demand

By Mikkel Pates,  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Most local corn suppliers for Red Trail Energy LLC of Richardton, North Dakota, and Midwest AgEnergy LLC of Underwood, North Dakota, received less than 8 inches of seasonal rain, and 20 days of 100-degree temperatures. With the weather pushing corn production down, the companies are paying more for corn supplies and reaching out to corn by rail. Longer-term, both companies are working on adding to the environmental value of their ethanol by injecting carbon dioxide deep into the earth for long-term storage. [ read more … ]

Airline Industry Targets Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

By Siddharth Vikram Philip , Mary Schlangenstein , and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

The airline industry’s main lobby group adopted a target of eliminating carbon emissions on a net basis by 2050, a goal that will require balancing the fight against climate change with the need to spur demand in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Current airline targets aren’t ambitious enough, International Air Transport Association Director General Willie Walsh said at the group’s annual meeting in Boston on Monday. At the same time, he said the industry will need help to bear the estimated $2 trillion cost of transitioning from fossil-derived jet fuel. 
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BP says to double renewable diesel output from Washington state refinery

By Janet McGurty, S&P Global  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

BP will invest $269 million in its 242,000 b/d Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Washington, to increase output of renewable fuels as well as improve the plant’s efficiency as the company looks to cut its carbon footprint, the company said Oct. 4. “The investment is aligned with BP’s aims to be net zero across its operations by 2050 or sooner and to reduce the carbon intensity of the products it sells by 50% by 2050 or sooner,” the company said in a statement. [ read more … ]

EVs

Auto Industry Commits To All-Electric, But Hybrids Make Powerful Interim Case; Report

By Neil Winton, Forbes  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

As politicians declare their love for clean electric cars and fall over themselves to be the first to ban the sale of allegedly dirty, climate threatening new fossil-fuel powered ones, a report from Emissions Analytics suggests hybrids could have the inside track for some years because electric cars don’t have a sufficiently clear CO2 (carbon dioxide) advantage, and their price likely will remain too high for the mass market. Green groups like Transport & Environment think this is nonsense and a diversion from the urgent task of advancing to net zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?

By Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker  •    •  Posted October 5, 2021

Let’s say that you’ve devoted your entire adult life to developing a carbon-free way to power a household for a year on the fuel of a single glass of water, and that you’ve had moments, even years, when you were pretty sure you would succeed. Let’s say also that you’re not crazy. This is a reasonable description of many of the physicists working in the field of nuclear fusion. [ read more … ]

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