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NEWS UPDATE February 16, 2023

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Ethanol touted at U.S. Senate hearing for possible national clean fuels standard

By JACOB FISCHLER , Nebraska Examiner  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

A national clean transportation fuel standard should include enough flexibility to allow for biofuels and other non-electric-vehicle solutions, bipartisan members of a U.S. Senate panel said Wednesday. The United States doesn’t have a national clean fuels standard, though senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee hinted that one may be in the works. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standards

Senate committee considers national clean fuel standard

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

Senators debated the merits of a national clean fuel standard Wednesday, with Democrats emphasizing the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and Republicans railing against the idea of a “regulatory scheme.” The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing focused on how the federal government could pattern a national standard on state-level programs already in place in California and other states. [ read more … ]

Is Setting National LCFS Feasible?

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

The RFS recently has become a battle ground for electric vehicles and liquid biofuels. Two senators on the committee including Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., said caution should be taken on moving to electric vehicles too quickly. “I’m concerned that a national program could prioritize electric vehicles over liquid fuel vehicles, biofuels, and make us more dependent on our foreign adversaries that control a majority of the worldwide production of several key components,” Ricketts said during the hearing.
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RFS

Utah senator seeks allies in push to keep EVs out of U.S. biofuel program

By Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah is trying to rally colleagues to sign a letter opposing the Biden administration’s plan to include electric vehicles in the nation’s renewable fuel program, arguing the proposal is an assault on the internal combustion engine, Reuters has learned. The effort represents the latest attempt by a federal lawmaker from a refining state to oppose policy measures that could undermine fossil fuel demand.
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E15

Midwest US Ethanol Push Seen Lifting Gasoline Costs by up to 12 Cents a Gallon

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

Motorists in the Midwest US could expect to pay more for gasoline under a fuel policy shift demanded by governors in the region, with a new refining industry-commissioned analysis outlining larger-than-expected impacts of the change. The study, conducted by Baker & O’Brien Inc. for the main US refining trade group, predicts it would cost as much as 12 cents more per gallon to distribute, store and produce a new fuel to adapt with the move, which is part of a bid to encourage filling stations to sell higher ethanol E15 gasoline and offer it year round. That’s in stark contrast to a previous estimate commissioned by advocates of corn-based ethanol that saw only a 2-cents per gallon increase for consumers. [ read more … ]

Litigation

Red states bet on 5th Circuit to take down Biden agenda

By Pamela King, Niina H. Farah, Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

When Republican-led states seek to block President Joe Biden’s environmental policies, there is one court they turn to more often than any other. Nearly half of all multistate lawsuits against the Biden administration have been filed in federal district courts that feed cases to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — a bench where three-quarters of the active judges were tapped by Republican presidents, and half of those GOP nominees arrived at the court under former President Donald Trump. [ read more … ]

EVs

Manchin on EV deal: ‘Ford has serious questions to answer’

By Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 16, 2023

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin said Tuesday he is worried about Ford Motor Co.’s plan to use Chinese technology in electric vehicle batteries, joining what’s become a bipartisan chorus of questions around China’s potential influence in U.S. supply chains. “Senator Manchin has been clear about his grave concerns about vehicle supply chain reliance on China,” said Sam Runyon, a spokesperson for the senator. “Ford has serious questions to answer before Senator Manchin can fully evaluate the business partnership.” [ read more … ]

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