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NEWS UPDATE February 12, 2023

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Climate envoy Kerry concerned as oil companies back off renewables

By Zack Coleman, Politico  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

Special Climate Envoy John Kerry said Thursday he plans to reach out to the major oil companies that are showing a decreased appetite for investing in clean energy. Kerry said he wants to understand how short-term actions by oil majors to dial back spending on renewables fits into their broader strategy for reducing planet-heating gases caused by burning fossil fuels. He suggested slowing those investments could blunt momentum for developing emerging technologies to curb emissions from the oil and gas sector, such as hydrogen and carbon capture. [ read more … ]

E15

Bipartisan Group of 31 Federal Lawmakers Ask EPA: Where’s E15 Rule for States?

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

A bipartisan group of 31 senators and representatives are leaning on the head of the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a rulemaking to allow year-round E15 sales in nine Midwest states that made requests for a change in federal regulations last year. Under the Clean Air Act the EPA was required to respond to the petitions by July 2022 and has yet to do so.
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Midwest lawmakers ask Biden to make ethanol-heavy fuel available year round

BY ZACK BUDRYK, The Hill  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

Dozens of bipartisan lawmakers representing Midwestern states are calling on the Biden administration to permit the sale of more ethanol-heavy fuel year-round. The demand centers around E-15, a fuel blend that contains 15 percent ethanol that has long been subject to restrictions on its sale during summer months. [ read more … ]

Vehicle Emissions

Republicans move to undo EPA truck emissions rule

By Andres Picon, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

Republican senators are looking to roll back EPA’s recently finalized emission standards for heavy-duty trucks, one of the latest attempts to overturn Biden administration rulemaking on environmental issues. Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska and John Kennedy of Louisiana introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution Wednesday aimed at an EPA rule set to take effect in March that would cut harmful soot and smog pollution from trucks starting in model year 2027. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden meets with governors, urges them to implement laws allocating billions to states

BY JENNIFER SHUTT, Nebraska Examiner  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

“I think the success for all of us — Democrats and Republicans — is in part going to be measured not by what else we get done or passed, but whether we’re able to implement what we’ve already done,” Biden said.  “I know it’s a problem having to deal with all the money we’re sending you. I understand that,” Biden said, seemingly half joking. 
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States

With Biden aid, Nevada dreams of a ‘lithium loop’

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

One day, Nevada’s leaders imagine, a chunk of desert rock could be refined into lithium powder, poured into a battery cell and finally inserted into a giant electric truck, all without ever leaving Nevada. It is a vision that could take years to develop, and if past clean-energy dreams are any guide, it might not happen at all. But the prospect became a little more real on Thursday, when the Department of Energy gave the state its latest slice of largesse: a $2 billion loan to Redwood Materials Inc., a company that proposes to recycle throwaway batteries into high-value battery parts on a giant scale [ read more … ]

Markets

OPEC Chief Tells Climate Negotiators to ‘Look at the Big Picture’

By Salma El Wardany, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

“It is imperative that all parties involved in the ongoing climate negotiations pause for a moment; look at the big picture,” Haitham Al-Ghais, secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said Sunday at an energy conference in Cairo. They must “work towards an energy transition that is orderly, inclusive and helps ensure energy security for all.” [ read more … ]

New U.S. agriculture trade chief seeks to diversify buyers beyond China

By David Lawder, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

Every continent has potential markets for U.S. row crops, grains and other staples, and the Ukraine war means demand for these will stay high, he said, but there were many other new export opportunities to pursue. “I’m interested in specialty crops, organics, biofuels, all kinds of emerging areas of U.S. agriculture that I think are exciting, and that I think consumers out there want,” McKalip said. “We just need to make sure we’re in a position where other governments don’t have barriers” to such products. [ read more … ]

Exxon Retreats From Major Climate Effort to Make Biofuels From Algae

By Ben Elgin and Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

After advertising its efforts to produce environmentally friendly fuels from algae for over a decade, Exxon Mobil Corp. is now quietly walking away from its most heavily publicized climate solution.
Exxon has slashed its support for Viridos Inc., a biotech company based in La Jolla, California, that operated as the oil giant’s key technical partner since it began its algae push in 2009. With Exxon funding drying up and difficulty finding other backers, the biotech firm laid off 60% of its staff on Dec. 27, according to Viridos executives. The biotech company said it is still moving forward with algae research. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Vehicles Could Match Gasoline Cars on Price This Year

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

More quickly than seemed possible a few months ago, sticker prices for electric vehicles are falling closer to the point where they could soon be on a par with gasoline cars. Increased competition, government incentives and falling prices for lithium and other battery materials are making electric vehicles noticeably more affordable. The tipping point when electric vehicles become as cheap as or cheaper than cars with internal combustion engines could arrive this year for some mass market models and is already the case for some luxury vehicles. [ read more … ]

More Electric SUVs Are Now Eligible for US Tax Credits

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

To qualify for a tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act, EV buyers will have to figure out the difference between a car and an SUV. What makes a sport utility vehicle a sport utility vehicle? Last week, the US Treasury Department announced that it had changed its mind about the answer. [ read more … ]

Nikola Constructs Hydrogen Fuel Network to Power Zero-Emissions Trucks

By Bob Tita, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

Nikola Corp has started work on hydrogen plants, part of a fueling network the company intends to underpin its push to compete in the nascent zero-emissions truck market.  The seven-year-old manufacturer has also signed up a handful of hydrogen producers that have agreed to supply hydrogen for Nikola vehicles in parts of the U.S. and Canada, as the company seeks to have enough fuel for about 7,500 heavy-duty trucks by 2026. [ read more … ]

Biden backs EV battery recycling with $2B loan

By Hannah Northey, Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 12, 2023

The Energy Department unveiled a conditional $2 billion loan guarantee Thursday for a project in Nevada slated to produce electric vehicle battery components, part of the Biden administration’s larger vision of shoring up vulnerable supply chains in this country. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced the loan guarantee for Nevada-based battery recycling company Redwood Materials Inc. at an event in Reno. She noted that the region is flush with new projects — including mining, battery manufacturing and recycling — that are part of a growing battery supply chain. [ read more … ]

 

 

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