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NEWS UPDATE February 16, 2022

Top Story

US biofuel industry defends record as Biden administration mulls policy reform

By Reuters  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

Backers of the U.S. biofuel industry told lawmakers on Wednesday that the nation’s renewable fuel mandates are good for farmers, national security and the environment, defending the controversial program’s record as the administration of President Joe Biden considers reforms. At issue is the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a roughly 15-year-old law that requires the nation’s oil refiners to annually blend billions of gallons of corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into the fuel pool. [ read more … ]

Clean Car Rule

California Returns as Climate Leader, With Help From the White House

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

“We are deeply gratified after years of uncertainty, years of sparring with the previous administration,” said Governor Newsom, speaking of the restoration of his state’s environmental rules. “We don’t imitate, we’re a model to the world,” Governor Newsom said. “In climate, we want to continue to assert that leadership and continue to raise the bar. Clearly we want to find ways to collaborate with the Biden administration, but I don’t ever want to cede California’s leadership on this goal.” [ read more … ]

EPA to expand Calif. clean car authority — and the nation’s

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

The Biden administration is preparing to reinstate California’s authority to set auto emissions rules that are more stringent than federal standards, taking a major step toward cutting transportation-related climate pollution and continuing to chip away at former President Trump’s environmental rollbacks. The waiver, granted decades ago because of California’s severe pollution problems, gave the Golden State the legal authority to surpass national fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. But under Trump, EPA revoked California’s Clean Air Act waiver, citing a need for national uniformity. [ read more … ]


Faulty Outcomes From Faulty Environmental Reports

By Marc J. Rauch, THE AUTO CHANNEL  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

“A government official advised me that he was given a link that demonstrates that ethanol derived from corn products is bad for the atmosphere… Is this correct? Can you please shed some light on this rather urgently.” The research article is not correct, and growing corn for ethanol is no more harmful than growing corn for tortilla chips, popcorn, and corn-on-the-cob eating. The correct bottom line is that the worst things for our atmosphere are related to gasoline and diesel fuel, not ethanol grown from corn. If the goal is to have a cleaner atmosphere and environment, then we have to eliminate gasoline and diesel fuel [ read more … ]


Iowa fuel stations want more money for E15 requirement

BY: JARED STRONG, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

State lawmakers should quadruple the money they might provide to upgrade outdated fueling stations as part of a proposed requirement to sell a gasoline blend that is 15% ethanol, according to convenience store owners. The current proposal would provide up to $50,000 per store to upgrade tanks and pumps to accommodate higher concentrations of ethanol, which can degrade certain plastics and rubbers. Glenn Hasken, chief operating officer of Molo Companies in Dubuque, says the state should offer up to $200,000. “The way the bill is written today is not palatable to small operators,” said Hasken, whose company owns Big 10 Mart convenience stores and sells fuel to other retailers. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon Pipeline Plans See Pushback

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

Carbon pipeline companies looking to take carbon emissions from ethanol plants and pipe liquid carbon through multiple states are starting to face more organized landowner resistance. An Iowa state senator’s bill would take away the companies’ ability to use eminent domain. The bill introduced by state Sen. Jeff Taylor, a Republican from northwest Iowa, would limit the use of eminent domain to public utilities and double the annual fee paid to the state for pipelines carrying hazardous liquids. [ read more … ]


Biden Administration Says China Failed Trade Commitments on Multiple Fronts

By Ana Swanson, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

The Biden administration criticized China in a new report released Wednesday morning for failing to uphold a wide range of trade commitments, including promises it had made when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and others in a trade deal signed with the Trump administration in 2020. In its annual assessment of China’s compliance with its obligations to the W.T.O., the Office of the United States Trade Representative excoriated the Chinese government for flouting the global trade body’s rules and its transparent, market-oriented approach. Instead, China expanded its state-led approach to its economy and trade, causing serious harm to workers and businesses around the world. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House Takes Aim at Environmental Racism, but Won’t Mention Race

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

As a candidate and then as president, Joseph R. Biden promised to address the unequal burden that people of color carry from exposure to environmental hazards. But the White House’s new environmental strategy to tackle this problem will be colorblind: Race will not be a factor in deciding where to focus efforts. Worried that using race to identify and help disadvantaged communities could trigger legal challenges that would stymie their efforts, administration officials said they were designing a system to help communities of color even without defining them as such. [ read more … ]

Biden: ‘I’m going to work like the devil’ to cut energy prices

By Mike Lee, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 16, 2022

President Biden said yesterday that he’d “work like the devil” to keep fuel prices low in the United States and warned that Russia’s border aggression against Ukraine could drive up energy costs.
Russia reportedly began withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border yesterday, although Biden said the United States had not verified the claim and that an attack remained a “possibility.” Oil and natural gas prices spiked in recent days over fears that a war would disrupt Russian energy production and sever pipeline connections to Western Europe [ read more … ]

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