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NEWS UPDATE March 22, 2022

Top Story

Oil Thirst Is Forcing Biden to Pivot U.S. Back to Saudi Arabia

By Matthew Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

President Joe Biden has been reluctantly drawn into closer ties with Saudi Arabia’s king-in-waiting, forced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to rethink a standoffish approach as the U.S. struggles to curb soaring oil prices.  The problem is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t ready to play along.  [ read more … ]

E15

Home Front Energy Bill Would Boost E15

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

A bipartisan bill introduced by members of the U.S. House would expand the production and availability of American biofuels. The Home Front Energy Independence Act, introduced by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA), would make E15 available year-round, establish an E15 tax credit and extend the tax credit for biodiesel, and direct the EPA to finalize their E15 labeling rule. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate last week. [ read more … ]

US House members offer bill to expand biofuel use to ease fuel prices

By OPIS  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

Four U.S. House members on Monday introduced a bill that would expand the production and use of domestic biofuels to help bring down fuel costs and support economic growth in rural communities. The measure is identical to a bill introduced in the Senate earlier this month by Iowa Republican Joni Ernst and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar. [ read more … ]

A Push for Higher Blends of Ethanol at MN Fuel Pumps

By Red River Farm Network  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is closely monitoring an effort in the state legislature that would allow year-round use of E15. The petroleum marketers came to the corn growers with a proposal to market higher ethanol blends in the state. “Their concern, of course, is what it will cost to update the infrastructure and all of the stations that don’t currently have equipment or tanks that are in compliance,” said Richard Syverson, vice president, Minnesota Corn Growers Association. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Atlanta, Minneapolis had sharp upticks in air pollution last year, report finds

By Lucas Thompson, NBC News  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

Wildfires in the U.S. combined with the near-elimination of pandemic restrictions pushed air pollution levels in the U.S. back to pre-Covid levels in 2021, according to a report released Tuesday.
IQAir, a Swiss company that monitors air quality around the world, said in the report that the U.S. as a whole saw a 7 percent increase in fine particle air pollution in 2021 compared to the previous year. Seven of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States have returned to pre-pandemic levels of air pollution, with Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C., as the exceptions. [ read more … ]

Leading Researchers Contradict Hit Piece on Ethanol’s Environmental Impacts

By RFA  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

An important new assessment published by experts from the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois system found major flaws in a recent paper that made unfounded allegations about the greenhouse gas benefits of ethanol compared to gasoline. Responding to the report Environmental Outcomes of the US Renewable Fuel Standard, which was led by Tyler Lark of the University of Wisconsin, the authors stated, “After a detailed technical review of the modeling practices and data used by Lark et al., we conclude that the results and conclusions provided by the authors are based on several questionable assumptions and a simple modeling approach that has resulted in overestimation of the GHG emissions of corn ethanol.” [ read more … ]

Markets

China to boost renewable power, balance with oil and gas to 2025

By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

Beijing would encourage developing ethanol, biodiesel and bio-jet fuel, provided it did not affect food security, it said. China suspended a nationwide plan for blending gasoline to have 10% ethanol from 2020 after a sharp fall in the country’s corn stocks and limited production capacity of the biofuel. [ read more … ]

ADM Granted Venue Change in Lawsuit

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

A federal court in Nebraska granted Archer Daniels Midland’s change of venue motion to move an ongoing ethanol markets lawsuit filed by Green Plains Inc. to Illinois where similar cases are pending, in an order handed down by the court March 18. Green Plains filed a new lawsuit in the Nebraska court last October, alleging ADM conducted a scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash spot market beginning in November 2017. Green Plains alleges ADM’s actions harmed its business. The Nebraska lawsuit details how Green Plains believes ADM used the futures market to lower ethanol prices and hurt GP’s bottom line. [ read more … ]

EVs

Top Democrats probe USPS fleet contractor

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

Top Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have launched an investigation into Oshkosh Defense LLC, the company awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the U.S. Postal Service’s aging fleet of vehicles. In a letter sent last week, the lawmakers demanded the Wisconsin-based company produce documents related to its use of unionized labor and production of electric vehicles.
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For Car Designers, E.V.s Offer a Blank Canvas

By Paul Stenquist, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 22, 2022

The internal combustion engine is exiting stage left. While it provided great transportation and performance thrills for many years, it will no longer play a leading role. In its place under the hood will be, well, very little. Ready or not, the curtain is going up on electric vehicles, and most of their mechanical components don’t sit where fossil-fuel engines once performed. Electric motors — far smaller than gasoline engines — are mounted between the wheels. A large transmission no longer gobbles up passenger space. No drive shaft is needed, thus no tunnel in the middle of the floor. The rear seat doesn’t have to be positioned to provide room for a fuel tank. [ read more … ]

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