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NEWS UPDATE September 14, 2022

Top Story

How a Rail Strike Could Wreak Havoc on the American Supply Chain

By Peter S. Goodman, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Just as the global supply chain flashes signs of returning to normal, a new crisis now threatens to disrupt the transport of a vast range of goods, from agricultural crops to lumber to coal. If tens of thousands of rail workers follow through on threats to strike as soon as Friday in pursuit of better working conditions, that would unleash potentially monumental havoc on the system used to move products from place to place. [ read more … ]

Rail Strike

Long-distance passenger trains and grain shipments to be stopped

By Jeff Stein, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

As top negotiators huddled in Washington to try to hammer out an agreement, industry groups increasingly warned of severe disruptions to America’s already fragile supply chains. Scheduled shipments of ammonia, fertilizer and other chemicals for agriculture are being pulled this week, because those products cannot be stranded in transit should negotiations fail, farm groups said. Ethanol prices moved markedly higher this week on the threat of a strike, according to S&P Global. [ read more … ]

U.S. government makes contingency plans for rail shutdown

By David Shepardson and Lisa Baertlein, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday made contingency plans aiming to ensure deliveries of critical goods in the event of a shutdown of the U.S. rail system while pressing railroads and unions to reach a deal to avoid a work stoppage affecting freight and passenger service. The potential shutdown, which could come as early as Friday, could freeze almost 30% of U.S. cargo shipments, stoke inflation, impede supplies of food and fuel, cost the U.S. economy about $2 billion per day and cause transportation woes. [ read more … ]

Looming rail strike sparks fear of energy chaos

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Energy companies are warning that a threatened nationwide rail strike already is wreaking havoc on their supply chains and may cause severe bottlenecks across multiple industries, including coal, chemicals and oil and gas. U.S. freight railroads and unionized workers have been unable to reach a new contract over pay and benefits, and a strike could occur as early as Friday, the end of a federally-mandated cooling-off period between the two sides. [ read more … ]

E15

EPA Chief Touts Biofuel Policies

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to propose its rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard after this year by mid-November, EPA Administrator Michael Regan told members of Growth Energy on Tuesday. EPA also expects to decide soon on a request by eight Midwestern governors that they be allowed waivers that would ensure their retailers can sell E15 year-round, Regan added. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House unveils climate bill website for consumers

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Wonder if you’re eligible for a tax credit to curb the cost of rooftop solar or a new electric vehicle? The White House has a new website for you. The Biden administration on Tuesday morning rolled out Cleanenergy.gov, a guide for consumers wondering how they can take advantage of tax credits available under the behemoth climate and energy bill enacted in August. The website launched ahead of a White House event planned for Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the bill’s passage. [ read more … ]

Biden touts climate bill at big White House ‘celebration’

By Michael Doyle, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

“I want to take the most aggressive action ever, ever, ever to confront the climate crisis and increase our energy security, ever in the whole world,” Biden told the crowd at an event on the White House’s South Lawn, which was dubbed a “celebration” by White House officials. “And that’s not hyperbole.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Big Oil’s new strategy in climate cases: Cite Captain Planet

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

The oil and gas industry is citing “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in an effort to dismiss one of nearly two dozen lawsuits that accuse the industry of deceiving the public about the dangers of burning fossil fuels. If the 1990s sitcoms knew climate change was happening, then the lawsuits that accuse the industry of hoodwinking the public aren’t credible, Chevron Corp. argues in a sweeping new court filing. The filing seeks to document — through scientific studies, newspaper and magazine articles and TV and movie scripts — the industry’s contention that the dangers of climate change have long been widespread knowledge. [ read more … ]

Markets

NFU Members ‘Champing at the Bit’ But Concerned USDA May Be Stretched Thin

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Speaking to about 250 members of the National Farmers Union on Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack credited NFU for being one of the driving forces behind multiple policies that have become law or policy for agriculture and rural America in the Biden administration. “In many respects, the National Farmers Union has been the architect and the designer in terms of the work we are doing in this administration in rural America and farm country,” Vilsack told the group.
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Commentary

Ethanol Burns Clean, But Creates More Emissions Than Gasoline

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Now we have the EPA, the DOE, and USDA all disagreeing with each other. Is there anything we can learn from all this controversy? Yes, there is. Biofuels are a charade, a way to keep the internal combustion engine alive and well for a few more decades despite its horrific impact on the environment. The issue is not that one fuel is cleaner than another. The issue is that burning stuff — any stuff — to power our societies is a negative sum game that endangers every person alive today and all those who will follow in their footsteps. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV sales are booming, but can battery production keep pace? Several factors could hamper growth, say experts

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted September 14, 2022

Electric vehicle sales are booming, but experts say continued growth in the sector depends on expanding global battery production — and several factors could complicate that effort. Both in the United States and globally, sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids are growing at about a 50% year-over-year rate, according to Victor Irle, co-founder of EV Volumes. The company tracks monthly sales around the world by vehicle model. 
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