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NEWS UPDATE June 12, 2022

Top Story

E85: What Is the Cheaper Gas Alternative and Can Your Car Use It?

By Dan Avery, CNET  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

As the price at the pump continues to break records, some drivers are looking for alternatives to conventional gasoline — specifically E85, a formulation made primarily of corn ethanol rather than petroleum. E85 is significantly cheaper than regular unleaded. In California, where regular gasoline is more expensive than anywhere else in the nation, averaging $6.42 a gallon on Friday, E85 is just $3.81 per gallon.  [ read more … ]

E15

List of Midwest States Seeking E15 Rulemaking Grows to Nine With Ohio Request

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

Add Ohio to a list of Midwest states that are asking the EPA to make a permanent change to allow year-round E15 sales beginning in 2023. The state’s governor on Friday petitioned the agency to make the same change eight other states have already requested. In April, the governors of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin asked EPA to begin a rulemaking that would place E10 and E15 on equal regulatory footing in the summer months. [ read more … ]

Commentary

It’s Time to Get Biofuels Out of Your Gas Tank

By David Fickling, Bloomberg Opinion  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

When electric cars were a pipe dream, even incremental improvements in the emissions of entire national vehicle fleets were worthwhile. But by the end of this year there will be around 25 million plug-in cars among a billion-strong global fleet. From now on, it’s the rising share of battery-powered cars on the roads that will do the heavy lifting of emissions reduction. The biofuels lobby, which has at times teamed up with Big Oil to oppose government incentives for electrified transport, looks increasingly more like a hindrance than a help. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden talks emissions with Brazil’s climate-denying president

By Scott Waldman E&E News  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

One of the summit’s primary goals is to unify Brazil and the rest of the region around a stronger climate policy, Biden said. Among the announcements yesterday was that Brazil agreed to join the Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean (RELAC) initiative, becoming one of 20 nations that agree to reach 70 percent installed capacity for clean energy generation. Under Bolsonaro, Brazil has been steadily moving away from that goal, however. Since his election in 2018, Brazil has fallen from a leader in clean energy to a nation with rising emissions and rapid deforestation. [ read more … ]

Congress

House Democrats unveil ‘lower food and fuel costs’ bill

By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

The House could vote as early as next week on an omnibus bill that would allow summertime sale of E15, create a special investigator’s office at the USDA to enforce fair-play laws in meatpacking, and help farmers adopt so-called precision agriculture technology. The legislative amalgam was titled the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, though the senior Republican on the House Agriculture Committee said it would accomplish neither. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Major questions

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

The Supreme Court is slated to rule on EPA’s authority to regulate power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions this month, and the outcome could have significant impact on how the federal bureaucracy functions. The case goes into a right-wing challenge on the ability of agencies to regulate on “major” actions impacting swaths of the country and economy without the express intent of Congress. A narrow reading of agency powers could hamstring EPA’s efforts to revamp Obama-era pollution rules — one of the Biden administration’s most direct moves to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA might deny Calif.’s clean truck waiver

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

The Clean Air Act allows California to set stricter emissions limits than those of the federal government, but the Golden State must still apply for a waiver from EPA. While EPA revoked California’s waiver under former President Donald Trump, a waiver denial under a Democratic administration would be unprecedented. The move would void the first few years of the truck regulations, creating major implications for California’s climate goals. It would also affect other states that have adopted California’s stricter emissions limits and zero-emission targets for heavy-duty trucks. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

New York, Nebraska out of the running for early slots on 2024 Democratic presidential calendar

By Ethan Cohen and Rachel Janfaza, CNN  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

Sixteen states and Puerto Rico have been invited to move forward with their applications to hold early Democratic Party presidential nominating contests in 2024, a Democratic National Committee official told CNN on Saturday. New York, Nebraska and the group Democrats Abroad were the only applicants who didn’t make the cut. The new plan scraps the current set of early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and implements a process that would prioritize diverse battleground states that choose to hold primaries, not caucuses. Under the new structure, states will apply to hold early nominating contests and the rules committee will select up to five that will be allowed to go before Super Tuesday, the first Tuesday in March. [ read more … ]

‘Those things did not occur’: Pruitt denies EPA wrongdoing

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 12, 2022

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would treat being in the U.S. Senate similarly to how he acted as head of EPA. He also denied a recent agency report that accused him of prodding security agents to drive recklessly and turn on emergency lights and sirens. In a debate yesterday, the first GOP debate in the Oklahoma special election to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R), Pruitt used his tumultuous EPA tenure as a key qualification for the position. [ read more … ]

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