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NEWS UPDATE October 17, 2021

Top Story

Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

By Coral Davenport and Luke Broadwater, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

Some House and Senate Democrats, smarting from a move by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, to kill a major element of President Biden’s climate plan, are switching to Plan B: a tax on carbon dioxide pollution. A carbon tax, in which polluting industries would pay a fee for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, is seen by economists as the most effective way to cut the fossil fuel emissions that are heating the planet. [ read more … ]


The RFS and President Biden’s Low-Carbon Paradox

By Chris Clayton, Ag DTN Editor  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

So, the Biden administration really wants a low-carbon economy, wants to transition in that direction, is holding up the one law that actually requires liquid fuels use lower-carbon fuels, and is having talks with the industry groups that have fought low-carbon fuels since the RFS was first passed in 2005. There seems be some sort of flaw in the administration’s overall strategy. [ read more … ]


Regan Warns Of PM2.5 Health Risks, Need To Combat ‘Structural Racism’

By Stuart Parker, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is warning of the need to protect vulnerable populations from the dangers of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and the adverse impact it has in exacerbating racial and economic disparities in environmental health, indicating a likely push to strengthen federal standards in a reconsideration of the limits now underway. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Chopping block angst grows as Dems eye end-of-month deadline

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

The Biden administration and Democratic leadership in Congress continue to promise that climate provisions won’t be left out of a final, multitrillion-dollar social spending package. But anxiety is building around what “climate” might actually mean to those at the negotiating table. House Natural Resources Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), in an interview with E&E News yesterday, said he isn’t sure what they’re talking about, either — and he worries that their definition will exclude the policies and programs prioritized in his committee’s massive set of recommendations for the reconciliation process. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Proposed carbon dioxide pipeline draws opposition from Iowa farmers and environmentalists alike

By Kate Payne, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

The plan to build a carbon dioxide pipeline marketed as “the world’s largest” is drawing opposition from Iowa farmers and environmentalists alike. At a virtual public meeting Tuesday, speakers railed against the proposal by Summit Carbon Solutions to build a sprawling 2,000 mile long pipeline, more than 700 miles of which would pass through 30 of Iowa’s 99 counties. [ read more … ]


Oil prices rise, as Saudis dismiss supply concerns as demand grows

By David Gaffen, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 17, 2021

Oil prices rose 1% on Thursday after top oil producer Saudi Arabia dismissed calls for additional OPEC+ supply and the International Energy Agency said surging natural gas prices could boost demand for oil among power generators. The market largely shrugged off an unexpectedly large increase in U.S. crude inventories as refiners cut production in a generally slower period for those facilities.
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