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NEWS UPDATE January 27, 2022

Top Story

Climate ‘champion’ sought to replace Breyer

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

“I don’t think he goes in there thinking, ‘It’s an environmental case, I know where I will stand,’ but in practice he has tended to come out pretty often on the environmental side,” Dan Farber, faculty director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an interview. “He’s a thoughtful, supportive voice for a pragmatic perspective that right now seems to have trouble finding a place in the political spectrum.” Notably, Breyer voted with the 5-4 majority in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007, which said the federal government has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as “air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

Markets

Climate, Agronomics Boost Corn Yields

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

Climate trends and agronomic improvements were the overwhelming factors leading to higher corn yields on farmland in Nebraska from 2005 to 2018, while improvements in genetic traits accounted for a small percentage of yield gains, a new study by the University of Nebraska found. Most yield studies have focused largely on improvements in corn genetics as a reason for growing yields, as well as reason for hope in feeding a growing world population. The findings were published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by scientists in the department of agronomy and horticulture, as well as the department of statistics at Nebraska. [ read more … ]

Column: Historic growth for U.S. ethanol stocks as demand sags

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

U.S. ethanol producers late last year had seemingly put the pandemic lull behind them with sky-high output and profit margins to match. But demand has recently slipped and oil prices have accelerated, sparking a record build-up in ethanol stocks. Chicago corn futures have also strengthened in recent months and sit at nine-year highs for the date. However, with ethanol production claiming about 36% of annual U.S. corn usage, poor demand and vanishing margins could be a weight on corn prices. [ read more … ]

U.S. ethanol supply continues to rise

By John Perkins, Brownfield  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

U.S. ethanol stocks have risen for four weeks in a row. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says supplies of 24.476 million barrels are the largest since mid-May of 2020, up 884,000 on the week and 848,000 on the year. That weekly stocks total includes the largest on-hand volume of ethanol on record in the Midwest, a sign of slower demand, even as gas prices rise. [ read more … ]

Commentary

California Missing Opportunity to Better Advance State’s Climate Goals

By Ernie Shea, Solutions from the Land  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

California is suffering from the same, somewhat myopic view of its regulatory responsibilities as that demonstrated by EPA last year when it proposed – and finalized Dec. 30 – the latest revision of its GHG emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years. In its effort to make the standards more stringent, the EPA rule includes incentives for the production of vehicles with zero or near-zero emissions technology. Incremental use of ethanol could start immediately to reduce GHG and toxic air emissions. This complementary program can surely begin to reduce GHGs while the hope for electrification grows. But EPA did not include any provisions or incentives that could improve fuel quality and result in significant reductions in GHG emissions from gasoline powered vehicles. [ read more … ]

The Race to Reduce GHGs, Dependence on Petroleum, and Provide True Environmental Justice: Where Will the Reductions Come From?

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

Even the most optimistic scenarios for EV growth make it clear we will continue to rely on internal combustion engines operating on gasoline. How much gasoline? Hundreds of billions of gallons over the next decade while electric vehicles and the supporting infrastructure is developed. Therefore, an honest and realistic assessment of the situation indicates if we want to get to work right away reducing ghgs and protecting public health, gasoline is where we need to focus, and renewable biofuels such as ethanol can and must play a key role. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has met its intended objective of stimulating domestic production of ethanol, with roughly 17 billion gallons of high octane low carbon ethanol capacity here in the U.S. So how do we put that ethanol to best use? [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Top U.S. oil states vie for carbon capture oversight to speed up permits

By Liz Hampton, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

Top U.S. oil-producing states are trying to wrest oversight of carbon capture wells from federal regulators, hoping to speed the oil industry’s preferred approach to combating climate warming amid calls for limits on fossil fuel production. Companies are proposing carbon capture and storage (CCS) hubs to sequester greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, chemical and natural gas plants, a move that could help slow global warming. [ read more … ]

Environmental Justice

Regan vows concrete steps to confront EJ problems

By Kelsey Brugger, Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 27, 2022

EPA Administrator Michael Regan pledged to take multiple concrete actions to fight environmental injustice, including unannounced inspections of facilities, bolstering air monitoring capacity and strengthening emissions standards for ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical. Two months after his visit to Southern communities plagued with pollution problems, Regan told reporters on a call last night that his “Journey to Justice” tour directly influenced his decisions to improve communities through national initiatives and localized actions [ read more … ]

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