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NEWS UPDATE October 24, 2022

Today’s Biofuels News will not published Wednesday, October 26 through Friday, October 28. It resumes on Monday, October 31.

Top Story

Opponents of U.S. carbon pipeline draw lessons from prior pipeline fights

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

Landowners hoping to block proposed carbon pipeline projects in the U.S. Midwest are getting help from some of America’s most prominent anti-pipeline campaigners, including groups that fought the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Environmental non-profit Sierra Club and progressive group Bold Alliance are working alongside local organizations to aid property owners across five Midwest states, and are applying lessons learned in their past campaigns, they told Reuters. Their involvement suggests a big battle lies ahead for the Summit Carbon Solutions’ Midwest Carbon Express pipeline and two other proposed projects intended to carry carbon dioxide thousands of miles from ethanol plants to underground storage sites. [ read more … ]

Markets

How Low Can It Go? Mississippi River at Memphis Breaks Another Record

By Mary Kennedy, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

Water levels continue to fall on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, severely affecting navigation in ways not seen since 1988, noted American Commercial Barge Lines. “The industry is incurring catastrophic impacts to boat capacity, which will in turn drastically decrease ton-mile productivity for the inland rivers,” ACBL stated. According to the National Weather Service observed water levels, the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee, broke its recent new record low of -10.75 feet reached at 7 p.m. Oct. 17, by reaching -10.80 feet at 3 a.m. Oct. 22 and then at 5 a.m., it broke its new record, hitting -10.81 feet. The previous low record was -10.70 on July 10, 1988. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

4 questions answered about Biden’s oil strategy

By Mike Lee, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

President Joe Biden’s decision last week to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is sparking debate about whether the plan will work and how it will influence the midterm elections. Biden announced Wednesday that he’d continue drawing from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to stabilize gasoline and diesel prices (Energywire, Oct. 19). The plan also includes a commitment to buy oil when the price falls to a range of $67 to $72 a barrel. The second phase is supposed to replenish the reserve while also prodding the oil industry to ramp up domestic production. [ read more … ]

Biden struggles to sell climate win in final midterm stretch

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

Climate action is coming, and so are cheaper gasoline prices. President Joe Biden’s closing argument before the midterm elections presents contradictory promises of driving down carbon emissions while increasing the supply of fossil fuels. It’s aimed at appeasing different types of voters whose support is vital to Democrats in a convulsing campaign season that could end 15 days from now by disrobing the party of its power in Congress. The clashing messages are directed both at climate activists and a broader public that’s startled by the rate of inflation, which is felt acutely at the gas pump. [ read more … ]

EVs

E.V.s Start With a Bigger Carbon Footprint. But That Doesn’t Last.

By Eric A. Taub, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

As battery electric vehicles, or B.E.V.s — marketed as a more environmentally friendly vehicular option — replace internal combustion engines, some skeptics are pointing out that they actually have a larger carbon footprint than nonelectric vehicles. That’s due to the manufacturing and disposal of B.E.V.s — specifically their batteries — as well as a reliance on coal to create the electricity that powers them. To determine the environmental costs of the trade-off, trade organizations and universities have conducted life cycle analyses, or L.C.A.s: comparisons between the amount of greenhouse gases created from the production, use and disposal of a B.E.V. and the gases from a gasoline-powered vehicle of a similar size. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

GOP Poised to Cement Grip on Iowa, Ending Its Swing-State Status

By Shruti Singh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 24, 2022

The Hawkeye State’s lone congressional Democrat, Cindy Axne, is in a tight contest as Republicans aim to turn the state’s congressional delegation fully to their side for the first time since the 1950s. Since 2020, the share of registered Democrats has slipped, while Republicans and independent voters have increased. Governor Kim Reynolds, both its US senators, three of the four US representatives and the majority in the state legislature are Republicans. [ read more … ]

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