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NEWS UPDATE December 13, 2022

Top Story

Democrats’ move on Iowa caucus tests politics of ethanol

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

The first sign of trouble for Iowa’s politically powerful ethanol lobby came two years ago, when the Democratic presidential caucus was marred by technological glitches that made counting votes a mess. Political analysts predicted Democrats might be done with Iowa as their traditional first nomination contest — and they now appear to have been right, even if the reasons aren’t exactly as envisioned then. The party’s effort to move the first primary to South Carolina has friends of the biofuel industry predicting a decline in influence.
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RFS

EPA opposition sparks fears for ‘end’ of small refinery RFS waivers

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

.EPA is maintaining its blanket opposition to giving small refiners exemptions from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending limits in its proposed “set” rule that establishes blending volumes for 2023, 2024 and 2025, sparking fears that the agency has permanently ended use of such waivers despite congressional approval. The issue is likely to spur controversy at a forthcoming Jan. 10 and 11 public hearing on the plan. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel

Renewable Diesel Starved for Feedstocks

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

As exciting as the explosion of the renewable diesel industry is for agriculture, an executive with CHS Inc. said during the DTN Ag Summit on Monday that the math doesn’t add up for supplying enough feedstocks to fuel the growth. Gary Halvorson, CHS Inc. senior vice president of enterprise customer development, said change is inevitable in agriculture, and renewable diesel in particular and renewable energy, in general, are going to continue to influence cropping decisions. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

U.S. Energy Department to spend $3.7 billion on carbon removal

By Liz Hampton in Denver, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday agreed to commit $3.7 billion to finance projects to remove planet-warming carbon from the atmosphere and meet the nation’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Tuesday’s announcement formalizes a previously announced plan to finance four direct air capture hubs to draw carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and store it underground. [ read more … ]

CO2 pipeline company plays hardball as Iowa counties fight back

By Nancy Averett, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

In Iowa, deep-pocketed corporations are hoping to build carbon dioxide pipelines across hundreds of miles of farmland. But county governments are putting the brakes on development by passing ordinances to protect people in the pipelines’ path. In response, Summit Carbon Solutions, the company farthest along in the state’s permitting process, is punching back, filing federal lawsuits to overturn the ordinances and forcing counties to spend scarce taxpayer dollars to defend themselves. [ read more … ]

Oil Spill

Keystone Has Leaked More Oil Than Any Other Pipeline in US Since 2010

By Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

Last week’s oil spill in Kansas means that TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone pipeline has now leaked more crude oil than any other conduit on US land in the past 12 years.  The major line running from Canada into the US Midwest was shut after a spill of 14,000 barrels, with some of that crude released into a local waterway. The spill, in combination with several others in recent years, will mean that Keystone has leaked almost 26,000 barrels of crude on US land since 2010. That’s the most of any other pipeline during that period, according to preliminary spill data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Letter: Carbon systems part of future

By Lance Atwater, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

To protect our agricultural and ethanol industries, Nebraska needs carbon management systems to maximize our ability to meet growing demand for corn and ethanol across the country and world.
These are two of the most important products coming out of Nebraska. Protecting their market competitiveness is fundamental to our state’s economy and the long-term viability of Nebraska agriculture. As members of the farming community, it is vital that we rally around projects and investments to ensure our agricultural sector maintains its competitive advantage for decades to come. [ read more … ]

Climate

Vilsack Announces Climate-Smart Grants for Small, Underserved Farmers

By Jerry Hagstrom, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

At an event at Tuskegee University in Alabama on Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $325 million for 71 projects under the second funding pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities effort. The goal of the partnership program is to expand markets for American farmers, ranchers and foresters who produce climate-smart commodities, leverage greenhouse gas benefits of climate-smart production, and provide meaningful benefits to producers, including small and underserved producers.
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EVs

Can California’s electric-vehicle push overcome the red-state backlash?

By Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

Almost everyone you meet here either works in a factory, is retired from one or has a relative in a plant that makes parts for gasoline-powered cars — which have ruled Kokomo for nearly 130 years, since a brash inventor named Elwood Haynes chugged down Pumpkinvine Pike at 7 mph in one of America’s first horseless carriages. “We haven’t developed a workforce towards anything else yet,” said Warren Sims, a 41-year-old worker in the same casting plant that employs his father, working on gas transmission engines. “We don’t make a fuel-efficient vehicle. Everything’s big and everything costs [a lot to] fuel and people buy it.” Yet change is coming. Bulldozers are clearing Kokomo’s cornfields to build a $2.5-billion government-subsidized electric vehicle battery factory, with the aim of retaining jobs tied to auto production at a time California is leading the nation in phasing out gas-powered engines. [ read more … ]

Growing Popularity of Trucks Dents Fuel-Economy Gains, US Finds

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 13, 2022

The rising popularity of large trucks and sport utility vehicles is slowing the auto industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the US government found. After reaching a record high in 2020, fuel economy for vehicles from the last model year was unchanged, according to a report released Monday from the Environmental Protection Agency. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased slightly in 2021, the study found. [ read more … ]

 

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