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NEWS UPDATE August 3, 2022

Top Story

Deep in the Democrats’ Climate Bill, Analysts See More Wins for Clean Energy Than Gifts for Fossil Fuel Business

By Marianne Lavelle, Dan Gearino, Phil McKenna and Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

The bill requires the Department of Agriculture to spend $40 billion on a range of programs, including nearly $21 billion on popular, often over-subscribed conservation programs intended to improve soil health and capture carbon. The legislation “gives badly underfunded conservation programs a boost, including two of the most important—the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program,” said Ben Lilliston, director of rural strategies and climate change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “Both of these programs are enormously popular and both routinely close out farmers trying to access them.” [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

For Sinema, it’s taxes vs. climate

By Adam Aton, Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

Sinema’s reliance on the financial sector and other donors potentially increased in January when EMILY’s List, a group that backs women who support reproductive freedoms, announced that it wouldn’t support her reelection campaign because she opposed reforming the filibuster rule to pass voting rights legislation. EMILY’s List was her largest career donor group. Goldman and three other financial firms are among the top 10 donors to Sinema in the current election cycle, according to OpenSecrets. She is up for reelection in 2024. [ read more … ]

E15

Despite CARB doubts, industry sees approval of E15 use In California In ‘23

By Curt Barry, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

Industry officials are optimistic that California officials will soon approve the fuel, citing in part the release of a long-awaited study on emissions from vehicles using the fuel that shows a reduction in certain pollutants and roughly equivalent levels for others compared with E10. [ read more … ]

States

Gov. Ricketts: Retailers Offering High Ethanol Blends Can Now Apply for Tax Credits

By Reid Wagner, Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts invited retailers who sell higher ethanol blends of fuel to apply for tax credits made available through the passage of Legislative Bill (LB) 1261e. Gov. Ricketts signed the bill into law this spring after it was passed unanimously by the Nebraska Legislature. “Utilizing ethanol should be a centerpiece of our national strategy to lower gas prices,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Ethanol saves drivers money at the pump, is better for the environment, and creates opportunities for farm families here in Nebraska. As a state, we’re doing our part to grow U.S. energy production by encouraging sales of renewable fuel.” In Nebraska, E85 is available at 124 fueling stations. E15 is available at 112 fueling stations, and that number continues to grow. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Let’s get some facts straight on ethanol

By Douglas Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

The recent opinion piece by Mark Hendrickson is an unnecessarily vicious attack on farmers and bioethanol based on ignorance of laws, facts, and realities. If not a purposeful misrepresentation, then it is shameful for its shallowness. The true moral obscenity is the war, drugs, premature deaths, and costs linked to our dependence on oil.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Carmakers say the climate bill sets impossible targets

By Evan Halper, Washington Post  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

Automakers are chafing at the ambitious plan Democrats are advancing to bring down the cost of electric cars and accelerate the transition from gas-powered vehicles. The Senate climate package poised for a vote as early as this week includes tax credits that slash the cost of electric cars by thousands of dollars — but only for buyers who purchase from companies that locate their supply chains out of China and other nations with which the United States does not have a free-trade agreement. It is a heavy lift for an industry that has limited access to minerals and components crucial to the production of EV batteries. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Former Iowa governor lobbying officials over renewable energy projects

By KCRG  •    •  Posted August 3, 2022

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is meeting with local officials across the state over large-scale renewable energy projects like those planned in Coggon and Palo, KCRG reports. Those meetings, which officials told us felt like a listening session, are part of the governor’s new role as national co-chair and Iowa State chairman for The Center for Infrastructure and Economic Development.
Large employers are working together to lobby regulators over large-scale renewable energy projects, according to documents at the Iowa Utilities Board. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.