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NEWS UPDATE November 22, 2021

Top Stroy

Biggest-Ever Carbon Capture Project Facing Midwest Opposition

By Stephen Joyce, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

What’s touted as the world’s largest carbon capture and sequestration project is facing headwinds from farmers and environmentalists even as John Deere & Co.and New York financiers are investing in the $4.5 billion endeavor. The Midwest Carbon Express is a privately financed, 2,000 mile-long pipeline network. It will collect carbon dioxide emissions at dozens of Midwest ethanol facilities and inject the emissions into underground porous rock in North Dakota, where project supporters say the emissions will be trapped forever. [ read more … ]

RFS

POET: Politics is hurting the ethanol industry, corn growers

By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

The world’s largest biofuel producer says Washington bureaucracy is stalling the ethanol agenda. Doug Berven is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs with POET. “A lot of things are frustrating for us, but it seems to be an awful lot of politics around the status quo energy system out there and we’re talking about reinventing energy.” [ read more … ]

Ag Secretary Expects “Certainty” From EPA for Biofuels

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

On the day last week that the Environmental Protection Agency proposed extending the deadlines for refiners to comply with Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told farm broadcasters that the biofuels industry can expect “certainty” from the Biden EPA. Answering a question about what role renewable fuels can play in climate change, considering EPA has yet to issue proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) and E15 is essentially back to being banned in the summer, Vilsack said it’s an important role and producers will see support coming from Washington in a number of ways. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Researchers seeking clues in nature to track Mead ethanol plant’s trauma

By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

Since 2017, the loss of dozens of honey bee colonies has indicated something was wrong in the environment at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, UNL’s agricultural research station south of Mead. Ultimately, AltEn, a biofuel plant just north of the research farm, was identified as the reason bees were dying en masse. While it was in operation, AltEn was processing between 500,000 and 900,000 pounds of pesticide-treated seed into ethanol every day, creating hazardous solid and liquid byproducts that were spread on farm fields for miles. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

EV Credit, Methane Fees: What $555 Billion Climate Plan Would Do

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

While mainstream environmental groups have cheered the bill, it’s been blasted by activists for failing to repeal oil industry tax breaks and for providing billions in subsidies that would prolong the life of coal-fired power plants through carbon-capture projects. A plan to compel utilities to generate electricity using clean power sources, and to fine those that don’t, was dropped after opposition from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a key Democratic swing vote in the evenly-split Senate. [ read more … ]

SAF

Could Airlines Soon Be Fueled By Biofuels?

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

The race to reduce airplane emissions is gaining traction. The Biden administration has set a goal for the U.S. to produce and use billions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to drop aviation emissions 20% by 2030 when compared to business as usual. The transportation sector is the largest carbon-emitting sector, says Valerie Sarisky-Reed, acting director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. Plus, aviation is a difficult- to-electrify mode of transportation.  “Aviation is the clearest opportunity for biofuels to have impact,” she says. “We’re seeing unprecedented interest in finding alternatives to fossil-based fuels, which is helping drive demand for these fuels.” [ read more … ]

States

Northeast states abandon cap-and-trade plan for cars

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

Another American carbon pricing plan has died. The Transportation and Climate Initiative — a cap-and-trade program covering cars in three Northeastern states and the District of Columbia — was abandoned last week after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) pulled the plug on the program. [ read more … ]

EVs

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

By Eric Lipton and Dionne Searcey, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

China’s pursuit of Congo’s cobalt wealth is part of a disciplined playbook that has given it an enormous head start over the United States in the race to dominate the electrification of the auto industry, long a key driver of the global economy. But an investigation by The New York Times revealed a hidden history of the cobalt acquisitions in which the United States essentially surrendered the resources to China, failing to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo. The sale of the two mines, also flush with copper, highlights the shifting geography and politics of the clean energy revolution, with countries rich in cobalt, lithium and other raw materials needed for batteries suddenly playing the role of oil giants. [ read more … ]

Inside the post office’s 122-year drive to EV mail delivery

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted November 22, 2021

The White House has a plan to revolutionize the way the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail. President Biden along with congressional Democrats want to overhaul all 228,000 postal delivery trucks and replace them with electric vehicles — flipping the largest civilian fleet in the federal workforce and ditching thousands of ancient vans that get 10 mpg. But the post office has been down this road before. [ read more … ]

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