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NEWS UPDATE April 21, 2022

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How a Nebraska ethanol plant turned seeds into toxic waste

By Diana Kruzman, Grist  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

For nearly a decade, AltEn collected leftover seeds from around the country to use as the base for its ethanol, a corn-based fuel that’s mixed into gasoline. A byproduct was the fermented seed mixture, stored in a pastel-green pile that at one point took up 30 acres of the property. The smell it gave off was “acidic, rotten, dead,” Weible told Grist from her home less than a mile away from the plant. Residents kept their windows closed because of the stench; birds stopped coming to feeders. One woman said her dogs started having neurological problems after eating some of the waste.  [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

The ‘State of the Air’ in America Is Unhealthy and Getting Worse, Especially for People of Color

By Kristoffer Tigue, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

On Thursday, the American Lung Association released its latest annual “State of the Air” report, which evaluates county-level air quality data across the nation over three-year periods. This year’s report—which looked at 2018, 2019 and 2020—found that 137 million Americans were exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. That’s 2.1 million more people than recorded in the association’s report last year, and nearly 9 million more when looking specifically at exposure to fine soot pollution, or PM2.5. Those increases were driven largely by a surge in wildfires across the West, the study’s authors said. [ read more … ]

E15

Lukewarm reception to summer sales of higher-ethanol gas

By Morning Consult  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

The Biden administration announced last week it would suspend federal restrictions on sales of higher-ethanol blend gasoline this summer in an effort to reduce gas prices, though the move was met with lukewarm reception from voters, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey. The results show 42% of registered voters support allowing summertime sales of higher-ethanol blend gas, with the distinction that the special blends could lower prices but may also increase smog in warmer weather. [ read more … ]

Biden’s urgent moves on gas prices collide with lofty climate goals

By Matt Viser and Anna Phillips, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

President Biden entered office triumphantly rejoining the Paris climate accord. He created powerful new climate positions, including one for former secretary of state John F. Kerry. He reversed Trump-era policies, revoking a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. And he declared the threat of climate change the “number one issue facing humanity.” But over the past few weeks, he has authorized a historically large release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, resumed selling leases to drill on federal landand announced he is waiving an environmental restriction to allow summer sales of ethanol-based gasoline — all moves that are anathema to climate activists. [ read more … ]

Markets

The West Is Still Buying Russian Oil, but It’s Now Harder to Track

By Anna Hirtenstein, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

Russia ramped up oil shipments to key customers in recent weeks, defying its pariah status in world energy markets. One increasingly popular method for delivery: tankers marked “destination unknown.” Oil exports from Russian ports bound for European Union member states, which historically have been the biggest buyers of Russian crude, have risen to an average of 1.6 million barrels a day so far in April. [ read more … ]

U.S. ethanol production, supply down on week

By John Perkins, Brownfield  •    •  Posted April 21, 2022

U.S. ethanol production and stocks fell last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 947,000 barrels a day, the fourth week in a row with a decline and down 48,000 on the week, but up 7,000 on the year.
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