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NEWS UPDATE October 27, 2021

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Democrats Race to Figure Out How to Pay for Social and Climate Programs

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

Democratic leaders and White House officials were racing on Wednesday to resolve a number of key disagreements on their expansive social safety net and climate bill before President Biden departs on Thursday for Europe, even as some lawmakers signaled they may not be able to agree on a framework by the end of the day. Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a letter to House Democrats saying that talks had moved the party “closer to passing the historic, transformative Build Back Better Act,” as the measure is known. Ms. Pelosi said she had asked the House Rules Committee to convene on Thursday to hear lawmakers present in legislative form what they had reached agreement on, hoping to show tangible progress toward a final agreement — or at least a framewor [ read more … ]


RFS backers cry foul over energy price claims

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

Nine Republican lawmakers are pressing the White House for a meeting on biofuels policy as the industry awaits the release of the administration’s RVO proposal. South Dakota Sen. John Thune led a letter with fellow midwestern Republicans on Tuesday reiterating a request for a meeting with Biden and others in his Cabinet to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. Thune had previously requested a White House meeting on the RFS to no avail. [ read more … ]


Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

By Eric Niiler, Wired  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

When United Airlines test pilot Ryan Smith took off from Houston earlier this month for a 90-minute flight over the Gulf of Mexico, he wasn’t carrying any passengers, but he did have a special fuel powering the Boeing 737. One engine was burning standard petroleum-based aviation fuel from a Texas refinery, while the other was running on gas produced entirely from leftover cooking oil and grease from a factory in Los Angeles. Each engine burned about 600 gallons during the flight, according to United, and created about the same carbon emissions (12,660 pounds). But because the sustainable fuel is made from plant-based sources instead of petroleum, and because plants consume carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, it has a carbon footprint that’s about 70 percent smaller. [ read more … ]

ADM plans to make jet fuel at Nebraska ethanol plant

By MATT OLBERDING, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

Archer Daniels Midland’s Columbus dry mill is part of a plan the company announced Monday to turn ethanol into sustainable jet fuel. ADM said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a company called Gevo Inc. to transform ethanol into sustainable jet fuel and other renewable hydrocarbon fuels. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

White House to release climate strategy ahead of Glasgow

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

The White House is preparing a national climate strategy that will outline how President Biden plans to meet his ambitious goals on global warming, a senior administration official said yesterday.
The policy road map will “lay out the key specifics around the range of tools we have for us to actually hit” Biden’s pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, the official said on a call with reporters. [ read more … ]

Manchin signals opposition to EV charging station spending

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

Electric vehicle infrastructure spending in the Democratic reconciliation package may be the next policy targeted by Sen. Joe Manchin for a potential rollback, according to comments this morning during an appearance at the Economic Club of Washington. Manchin’s remarks happened as leaders look to finalize a framework with the West Virginia Democrat in the coming days on a massive reconciliation package focused on climate and social infrastructure provisions. [ read more … ]


ADM Earnings Swell on Strong Crop Demand, Processing Margins

By Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

The Chicago-based company has gotten a lift during the past year from a resurgence in its traditional business of buying, processing, storing and shipping crops around the world after wild weather helped to raise volatility in grain and oilseed markets. Meanwhile, ADM has also been advancing its strategy to move beyond trading grain and oilseeds, announcing investments in sustainable aviation fuel, pet food and a new flavor hub in Asia. [ read more … ]


RFA Provides Carbon Reduction Comments to CARB

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ag Wired  •    •  Posted October 27, 2021

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week stressing that the state’s path toward achieving its carbon reduction targets should be technology-neutral and include a broad array of technologies. RFA also recommended that CARB rely on “more realistic assumptions and feasible scenarios” as it develops its plan to achieve statewide carbon neutrality by 2045 or sooner. [ read more … ]

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