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NEWS UPDATE March 9, 2022

Top Story

Iowa Senators Introduce Biofuels Bill

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

As the Biden administration banned Russian oil and gas imports into the United States, Iowa Republic Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst introduced legislation to replace the lost imports with biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel. The Homefront Energy Independence Act would permanently ban Russian oil and gas imports, expand the use of E15 by making it available year-round and direct the EPA to finalize an E15 pump label, expand needed infrastructure, as well as provide tax credits to promote the sale of E15 and biodiesel. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Saudi, Emirati Leaders Decline Calls With Biden During Ukraine Crisis

By Dion Nissenbaum , Stephen Kalin and David S. Cloud, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

The White House unsuccessfully tried to arrange calls between President Biden and the de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as the U.S. was working to build international support for Ukraine and contain a surge in oil prices, said Middle East and U.S. officials. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan both declined U.S. requests to speak to Mr. Biden in recent weeks, the officials said, as Saudi and Emirati officials have become more vocal in recent weeks in their criticism of American policy in the Gulf. [ read more … ]

Calls to Address High Food, Fuel Prices

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

With President Joe Biden banning imports of Russian oil, the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday called on the president to “address high energy costs impacting all Americans” by increasing domestic energy production, including expanding the use of biofuels. [ read more … ]

Refining margins, fuel costs surge on fallout from Russian invasion

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

Refining profits, or margins, from turning crude oil into products such as gasoline and diesel are ballooning, and could surge further after the United States, the world’s top oil consumer, on Tuesday banned all Russian oil imports in retaliation of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. ban on the world’s biggest oil exporter of over 7 million barrels per day of crude and petroleum products is expected to make it more difficult for domestic refiners to source the feedstocks needed to make diesel and other products, market participants said.
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Congressional pressure eases on Russian energy import ban

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

Lawmakers from both parties cheered President Biden’s announced ban of Russian energy imports yesterday, but House leaders nevertheless vowed to press forward with a bipartisan import ban of their own. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, seems content to punt on the issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said her chamber would hold a vote on legislation from the Ways and Means Committee that would impose an import ban while also directing a review of Russia’s participation in the World Trade Organization. [ read more … ]

Oil Industry Stirs Blowback After Weaving War Into U.S. Lobbying

ByAri Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

The U.S oil and gas industry is seizing on the market turmoil sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to demand the Biden administration take steps to encourage more drilling.  Industry executives and their allies on Capitol Hill are citing the war in a push for long-sought policy goals such as pipeline approvals, expanded exports of natural gas and more drilling rights — even as the White House says companies aren’t making full use of the permits they already have.  [ read more … ]

Commentary

World Events Underscore the Need to Expand Renewable Fuel Production

By Ernie Shea, Solutions from the Land  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

Research by Steffen Mueller, principal economist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Energy Resources Center, shows that the greenhouse gas cuts that could be achieved by using higher-octane midlevel blends with ethanol are at least equal to those that EPA thinks are available from electrification. EPA – and the White House – are ignoring a very cost-effective way of achieving its desired improvements to the detriment of environmental quality, consumers, farmers, and the automotive industry. [ read more … ]

Vehicles Emission Standards

EPA’s truck emissions proposal faces competing criticisms

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

At a White House ceremony yesterday, EPA Administrator Michael Regan hailed a planned tightening of heavy-duty truck emission standards as a step toward slashing smog-forming pollution on the road and ushering in even cleaner alternatives. Almost immediately, however, the agency was buffeted by competing calls either to proceed more cautiously or act more aggressively.
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Emissions

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s

By Raymond Zhong and Nadja Popovich, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

The new study’s lead author, Haley M. Lane, said she was surprised to find that the differences in air pollution exposure between redlined and better-rated districts were even larger than the well-documented disparities in exposure between people of color and white Americans. The latest study, which was published on Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, looked at neighborhoods in 202 cities and their exposure to two pollutants that are harmful to human health: nitrogen dioxide, a gas associated with vehicle exhaust, industrial facilities and other sources; and the dangerous microscopic particles known as PM 2.5. The study was funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. [ read more … ]

Markets

Agribrasil partners with ICM to build corn ethanol plant

By ICM  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

ICM and Agribrasil have signed an agreement to develop a greenfield dry-mill grain ethanol production facility near Canarana in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The facility will utilize ICM’s proprietary process technologies, including Base Tricanter System for corn oil recovery, patented Selective Milling Technology for milling optimization, and patented Fiber Separation Technology or fiber removal before fermentation. These technologies will allow Agribrasil to efficiently maximize ethanol production and corn oil recovery. The plant’s design will also feature a distributed control system (DCS), allowing operators to automate and adjust production levels using state-of-the-art computer technology. [ read more … ]

What’s next for oil: Drilling boom, recession or more EVs?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 9, 2022

Oil is flirting with danger. Crude prices continued to soar yesterday, raising concerns about their impact on the global economy. But it’s an open question as to what will happen next. Analysts said the surge in oil prices could spur any number of outcomes, from a drilling boom to a worldwide recession to an accelerated shift to electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

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