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NEWS UPDATE September 1, 2022

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish during the Labor Day holiday.  It resumes on Tuesday, September 6.

Top Story

California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

California took some of its most aggressive steps yet to fight global warming as lawmakers passed a flurry of new climate bills late Wednesday, including a record $54 billion in climate spending, a measure to prevent the state’s last nuclear power plant from closing, sharp new restrictions on oil and gas drilling and a mandate that California stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2045. [ read more … ]

RFS

EPA issues waiver to help fuel access in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin after refinery fire

By Amie Simpson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

Governors in the four states requested EPA waivers under the Clean Air Act. In a letter to the state officials, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the agency determined the waiver was necessary “to minimize or prevent disruption of an adequate supply of gasoline to consumers.” Jette says farmers are ready to help meet the demand for higher blends of ethanol. “Corn farmers are excited to continue supplying these very renewable fuels and perfect sustainability solutions that are available right now,” she says. [ read more … ]

Grassley: Attacks on ethanol could result in job loss

By RFD-TV News Staff  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley recently fielded questions from reporters this week regarding ethanol production in the U.S. as the current administration pushes for more electric vehicles.  He calls the Biden Administration’s climate plans unfeasible, saying if the U.S. were to follow California’s plan to ban internal combustion engines, more than 40,000 ethanol industry workers could be out of jobs in Iowa alone. However, he praised companies taking the lead on turning ethanol into other sources of energy, like jet fuel. [ read more … ]

Missouri Agricultural & Small Business Development Authority announce Missouri Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

By Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to fuel retailers, fuel distributors, terminal companies, or fleet operations that dispense, or will soon store or dispense, ethanol blends of E15 or higher or biodiesel blends of B6 or higher. [ read more … ]

Climate

Costs of climate change far surpass government estimates, study says

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

A sobering paper in the journal Nature on the damage caused by climate change brings into relief the threat that higher temperatures pose on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at home and overseas. The research team’s key finding: Each additional ton of carbon dioxide that cars, power plants and other sources add to the atmosphere costs society $185 — more than triple the federal government’s current figure. [ read more … ]

Why California wants to give residents $1,000 not to have a car

By Shannon Osaka, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

Amid a bonanza of measures passed to cut the state’s carbon emissions as fast as possible, the California legislature approved a $1,000 refundable tax credit to poorer Californians who don’t own vehicles. It will head to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is expected to sign it. The bill offers the tax credit to single-filers earning up to $40,000 and joint-filers making up to $60,000 who live without personal cars. And, because the tax credit is refundable, Golden State residents can claim the full amount even if they don’t have $1,000 in tax liability. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Gov. Jay Inslee Is Taking a Well-Earned Climate Victory Lap

By David Wallace-Wells, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington wasn’t just a novelty candidate in the 2020 primaries, but he did become something of an instrumental one: bringing debates again and again back to climate issues and pushing the green growth opportunities of decarbonization closer to the center of the Democratic policy vibe space. I spoke to Inslee in mid-August, just after the bill was signed, about both how far the country had moved and crucially what lies ahead: implementation challenges and obstacles, fights of all kinds at the state and local levels and perhaps a reckoning with a Republican Party still recklessly indifferent, in the governor’s eyes, to the fate of the climate. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity. [ read more … ]

Markets

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks down 1%

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Aug. 26, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 31. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down approximately 1 percent. Fuel ethanol production averaged 970,000 barrels per day the week ending Aug. 26, down 17,000 barrels per day when compared to the 987,000 barrels per day of production reported for the previous week. When compared to the same week of last year, production for the week ending Aug. 26 was up 65,000 barrels per day. [ read more … ]

EVs

Californians Told Not to Charge Electric Cars Days After Gas Car Sales Ban

By Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek  •    •  Posted September 1, 2022

Californians may need to take measures to conserve energy, including by avoiding charging electric vehicles, to prevent strain to the state’s power grid over the Labor Day weekend, officials said—a week after state regulators voted on a plan to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars. The new policy, approved by the California Air Resources Board, will require all new cars sold in California to be free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 as part of an effort to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

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