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NEWS UPDATE June 13, 2022

Top Story

Inside Biden’s frustration with soaring prices

By Tyler Pager, Washington Post  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

President Biden seemed upbeat when he visited an Iowa biofuels plant in April to talk about bringing down gas prices, standing before a large tractor as he declared that “biofuels have a role to play right now” and announced a plan to expand the use of ethanol over the summer. But privately, Biden dismissed the policy as ineffective and questioned the value of the trip, according to two people familiar with the conversations. After returning to the White House, he hauled his senior staff, including chief of staff Ron Klain, into the Oval Office, badgering them with questions about the purpose of the event. [ read more … ]

Congress

House to vote on biofuel build-out, ethanol cap lift

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

The House will vote this week on legislation combining several agriculture priorities, including expanded biofuel infrastructure and year-round sales of higher-ethanol fuel. Congressional Democrats are advancing the bill, called the “Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act,” in response to fuel inflation, anti-competitive behavior in livestock markets and demands for enhanced conservation on farms. [ read more … ]

Markets

‘Exxon Made More Money Than God’: Biden Rips High Gas Prices

ByJordan Fabian and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

President Joe Biden accused Exxon Mobil Corp. and other oil companies of exploiting high gasoline prices after a report showed inflation soaring to a new 40-year record.  “We’re going to make sure everyone knows Exxon’s profits. Exxon made more money than God last year,” Biden said during an event at the port of Los Angeles.  [ read more … ]

$5 at the pump: U.S. gasoline crosses historic mark

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

U.S. gasoline broke above $5 a gallon over the weekend, a record average driven in part by the Russia-Ukraine war and Americans’ pent-up desire to travel. Five dollars is a psychological barrier for many drivers, and it came after a series of all-time highs fell over the past few months. In a sign of the mounting frustration, President Joe Biden criticized Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday for not producing more oil.
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Record gasoline prices drive energy, climate agenda

By Jeremy Dillon, George Cahlink, Jonathan Miller, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

Democrats in Congress are still searching for answers on record-high gas prices but say they are increasingly optimistic on separate talks on energy and climate. “We’re hearing positive vibes,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said last week on continued negotiations between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “Positive vibes are a long way from a safe landing. But better to have than not.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Can Carbon Capture Be Part of the Climate Solution?

By Paul Tullis, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

Nearly two decades ago, Jennifer Wilcox realized that removal would be key to getting to net-zero emissions. As a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University, Dr. Wilcox recognized that nature-based solutions — planting trees and rehabilitating wetlands, both of which are really good atabsorbing carbon dioxide — could only do so much: Carbon would also need to be captured from the air. So, in 2012, she wrote the textbook on how it’s done. The National Academies of Science came around to Dr. Wilcox’s point of view in 2018, reporting that technologies would need to be developed and advanced to remove the amount needed. Ms. Wilcox now has a leading role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. [ read more … ]

Across the Midwest, an ‘unlikely alliance’ forms to stop carbon pipelines

By Diana Kruzman, Grist  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

Last fall, a company called Summit Carbon Solutions started holding meetings in towns around the Midwest. Its goal was to introduce residents to a 2,000-mile, $4.5 billion pipeline called the Midwest Carbon Express, which would carry carbon dioxide from ethanol refineries in Iowa to North Dakota, where the gas would be injected underground rather than released into the atmosphere. Ultimately, Summit hoped landowners would sign contracts called “voluntary easements,” allowing the company to bury its pipeline on their property. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Supreme Court climate case might end regulation

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

Legal experts are waiting to see if the ruling in West Virginia v. EPA begins to chip away at the ability of federal agencies — all of them, not just EPA — to write and enforce regulations. It would foreshadow a power shift with profound consequences, not just for climate policy but virtually everything the executive branch does, from directing air traffic to protecting investors. The scope of the decision might not be immediately obvious, said Sambhav Sankar, Earthjustice’s senior vice president for programs. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden Plan for EV Chargers on Highways Meets Skepticism in Rural West

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

States including Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Colorado are raising concerns about rules the Biden administration has proposed for receiving a share of the coming $5 billion in federal funding to help jump-start a national EV-charging network. The states say it will be difficult, if not impossible, to run EV chargers along desolate stretches of highway. [ read more … ]

A solid floor’: How new rules could remake EV charging

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 13, 2022

The nation’s electric vehicle charging stations — an improvisational curio shop of machines that often don’t work — might become more reliable and easier to use thanks to new government rules.
That is the conclusion of longtime electric vehicle watchers, who cheered the federal guidelines. The new guidelines, proposed late last week, start to dictate how states can spend the $7.5 billion of federal money approved in last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law for electric vehicle charging.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.