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NEWS UPDATE January 26, 2022

Top Story

Even Low Levels of Soot Can Be Deadly to Older People, Research Finds

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

The new study is the first in the United States to document deadly effects of the particulate matter known as PM 2.5 (because its width is 2.5 microns or less) on people who live in rural areas and towns with little industry. “We found a risk of dying early from exposure to air pollution, even at very low levels of air pollution across the United States,” said Daniel S. Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute. Other studies have linked fine soot pollution to higher rates of death from Covid-19, with Black and other communities of color particularly at risk because they are more likely to be located near highways, power plants and other industrial facilities. [ read more … ]

E15

Ethanol Saw Strong 2021 Fourth Quarter

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

Rather than rely on EPA to reissue rules for year-round E15, Reynolds reintroduced a bill to the Iowa Legislature on Monday that would require retailers to include E15 pumps in any installation of replacement of fuel storage tanks or pumps by 2026. The bill also expands the state’s E15 promotion tax credit from 3 cents per gallon to 9 cents per gallon year-round through 2025. The bill sets standards and incentives for retailers to offer 20% biodiesel blends and E85 blends as well. [ read more … ]

Gov. Kim Reynolds renews effort to require higher ethanol blends at Iowa pumps

By Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds is trying again to require gas stations to offer gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, after a more wide-reaching proposal last year fell victim to fights between fuel retailers, transportation groups and renewable fuel providers. “Iowans deserve access to less expensive, cleaner-burning fuel, grown and made right here,” Reynolds, a Republican, told a crowd of hundreds of people Tuesday at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines. [ read more … ]

Governor’s bill would make E15 dominant fuel in state

By JARED STRONG, Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

The governor’s bill was filed Monday in the Iowa House. It is a modified version of a similar proposal last year that would have required nearly all gasoline pumps to dispense blended ethanol fuels, similar to Minnesota’s requirements. House Study Bill 594 also has exceptions for fueling stations with older tanks and pipes that are unfit for the blends and up to $50,000 of state money to update each station. “We’re going to fight for our farmers and our renewable fuels industry,” Reynolds said Tuesday at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines. [ read more … ]

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ ethanol mandate 2.0 receives better reception this year

By Erin Murphy, The Gazette  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

A second attempt by Gov. Kim Reynolds to create a statewide ethanol requirement got less push back during a hearing Tuesday than it did last year — meaning that her revamped attempt to increase sales of the crop-based biofuel appears to, at the very least, have better prospects. Most Iowa gas stations would be required to offer the E15 ethanol blend — a higher blend than what’s typically available now — on at least half of their pumps under Reynolds’ proposal, which received its first legislative hearing at the Iowa Capitol. [ read more … ]

Markets

Economists Implore Biden to Get Key Climate Number Right

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

In a market economy, prices are critical to resource allocation, to guide investment, to guide regulation. You have to have some notion of the benefits of reducing carbon (or the cost of not reducing carbon, either way). So, to me, once you start viewing climate change as an existential issue, it has to be addressed. I agree it’s a little wonkish, but not for anyone who thinks of themselves as understanding a market economy. The real point of the paper is broader than the social cost of carbon. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Judges appear skeptical of Big Oil’s climate claims

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

A panel of judges appeared skeptical yesterday of giving federal courts exclusive rights to hear climate change cases against fossil fuel firms. During oral arguments, three judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeatedly quizzed an attorney for BP PLC and other oil and gas companies on why Baltimore’s case asking industry to pay up for climate impacts belongs before federal — rather than state — judges. [ read more … ]

EPA

E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

On Wednesday the E.P.A. will announce that it will step up monitoring and enforcement of federal rules regarding air and water quality, particularly in communities of color, which are disproportionately burdened by pollution. “Seeing the situation for myself, talking directly to community members, it is startling where we get to this point — the point where children miss school days because the water isn’t safe,” Mr. Regan said. He called the environmental conditions he had witnessed in many parts of the nation “unacceptable in the United States of America.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Older Americans Prefer to Get Electric Vehicles From Legacy Automakers

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 26, 2022

In the survey of 2,200 U.S. adults, 38 percent of those born between 1946 and 1964 said they would prefer to buy an EV from a company that traditionally has produced gas-powered cars, while only 12 percent said they would prefer a manufacturer that offers only electric options. The survey showed a generational divide in the EV market, with both Baby Boomers and members of Generation X leaning toward legacy automakers, while Millennials and Gen Z preferred pure-play electric manufacturers: [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.