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NEWS UPDATE August 31, 2022

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US Midwest corn crop smallest since 2019

By Crystal Futrell, World-Grain  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

Scouts on this year’s tour forecast the 2022 corn crop at 13.759 billion bushels with an average yield of 168.1 bushels per acre. If realized, this would be the smallest corn harvest in three years and would measure far below the US Department of Agriculture’s Aug. 12 Crop Production forecast of 14.530 billion bushels and projected yield of 175.4 bushels per acre. A summer plagued by intense heat and little rainfall proved too stressful for corn crops in some states. In Indiana, the crop estimate was close to other states, but shortened ears affected the quality level. Widespread drought in South Dakota resulted in the lowest bushels per acre corn yield estimate of the tour. Extreme weather also had impacted the Nebraska crop; hail and wind injuries were noted, but some areas of the state were so dry that even irrigated fields showed drought damage. [ read more … ]


EPA sets alternative RIN retirement schedule for small refineries

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

The U.S. EPA on Aug. 29 issued a final rule creating an optional alternative renewable identification number (RIN) retirement schedule for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2020. The agency action finalizes a proposed rule issued in June. The alternative RIN retirement schedule provides small refineries with additional time and a broader range of RINs to comply with their 2020 RFS obligations. The EPA proposed the alternative compliance schedule because the agency determined that there are extenuating circumstances specific to the 2020 compliance year, including a limited availability of RINs and the significant delay in EPA issuing its decisions on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions. [ read more … ]


EPA’s scramble post-Supreme Court climate ruling

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

Anticipation and efforts to fine-tune rollout plans marked the wait at EPA for the Supreme Court’s landmark climate ruling. Then commotion ensued as the agency clambered to understand and respond to one of the most consequential legal decisions in its history. Emails obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act shed more light on what had become an exceptionally tense period at EPA as it braced for the ruling in West Virginia v. EPA in June. Senior staff had drafted public statements to release once the case was decided. [ read more … ]


Ex-EPA boss wades into Trump legal drama

By Robin Bravender, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

Whitman, who also served as governor of New Jersey, joined other former state and federal officials yesterday in submitting a proposed amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief opposing Trump’s request for the involvement of a special master to protect executive privilege. “The purpose of the executive privilege is to prevent those outside the Executive Branch from intruding in the decision-making of the Executive Branch. That intrusion does not occur when the Executive Branch itself is the entity reviewing the records, and for its internal use,” says the brief filed with a federal court in Florida. Legal precedent on this issue, Whitman and others argued, “establishes that determinations of executive privilege made by the current President outweigh claims of privilege made by a former president.” [ read more … ]


Analysis: Musk’s bold goal of selling 20 million EVs could cost Tesla billions

By Paul Lienert and Joe White in Detroit, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has set his young company on an aggressive expansion path like no other auto executive has dreamed – but one riddled with potholes and road blocks that could stall or sidetrack the journey. Musk’s audacious goal of selling 20 million electric vehicles in 2030 is at the center of the company’s growth promise for shareholders and its pledge to drive the adoption of sustainable energy. If achieved, it would make Tesla twice the size of any automaker in history, accounting for roughly 20% of the global vehicle market. [ read more … ]

Equity is goal, not mandate, in California electric car rule

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

Discounted prices, car-share programs and at least one million more public charging stations are among the ways California will try to make electric cars easier to buy and drive as it phases out the sale of gas-powered cars. But the state won’t force automakers to participate in any equity programs designed to ensure people of all income levels can buy electric cars.
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Nearly Half of Voters Don’t Want Their State to Follow California’s Lead on Banning New Sales of Gas-Powered Cars

By Julia Martinez, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted August 31, 2022

The Golden State’s new rule, set to take full effect by 2035, is more popular than not among urban voters, and much less so for rural voters when thinking about their own states 1 in 3 Voters Would Support Ban on Sales of New Gas-Powered Vehicles in Their State by 2035. [ read more … ]

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