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NEWS UPDATE February 22, 2023

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New pipeline bill gets quick, early support in Iowa House

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

New legislation that was introduced in the Iowa House on Monday to limit eminent domain for carbon dioxide pipelines got preliminary approval Tuesday from a subcommittee. House File 368 has emerged as the leading bill of more than 10 proposed this legislative session that have restrictions or new requirements for carbon dioxide pipeline projects. They are in response to proposals by three companies that would construct a total of more than 1,500 miles of pipe in Iowa to transport captured carbon dioxide away from ethanol plants. Five Iowa Senate bills that were introduced a month ago by Sen. Jeff Taylor, R-Sioux Center, have not had a subcommittee hearing. One of Taylor’s bills would ban entirely the use of eminent domain to get land easements for the pipelines.
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Carbon Capture

House bill would establish new rules for carbon pipelines, landowners rally

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

It’s a farmer versus farmer debate over proposed rules for developers planning to build three carbon pipelines through Iowa. Under a bill that’s cleared a House subcommittee, landowners along 90% of a pipeline’s route would have to grant voluntary access before developers could get state officials’ permission to seize the rest of the land. The Iowa Farm Bureau backs the bill. “We believe that infrastructure projects and property rights can coexist,” Iowa Farm Bureau lobbyist Kevin Kuhle said during a House subcommittee hearing. [ read more … ]

RFS

Long opposed to RFS, oil sector groups split over EPA’s ‘set’ proposal

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

Oil sector groups that have historically opposed most aspects of the renewable fuel standard  program are divided on EPA’s “set” plan that fixes blending volumes through 2025 for the first time under the agency’s authority, with some groups saying EPA cannot increase volumes for procedural and legal reasons until 2025, while others call for the program to be restructured to boost advanced biofuel, rather than ethanol. [ read more … ]

Markets

USDA report predicts increased ethanol demand through 2030

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

The USDA’s Economic Research Service on Feb. 7 published a report discussing its analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data and predicting possible domestic and global demand for ethanol through 2030. EIA’s various outlook scenarios through 2030 predict that U.S. gasoline consumption could decrease by as much as 3.3 percent or increase by as much as 5.3 percent over the next decade when compared to 2021 levels. [ read more … ]

Biden urged not to approve oil terminals that could create ‘carbon bombs’

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

In November, the maritime administration, an arm of the US Department of Transport, approved the construction of the Sea Port oil terminal, referencing the heightened demand for new oil and gas in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The project “is in the national interest because the project will benefit employment, economic growth, and US energy infrastructure resilience and security”, the agency wrote in its decision. “The port will provide a reliable source of crude oil to US allies in the event of market disruption.” [ read more … ]

3 questions answered on the Ukraine war’s impact on ener

By Shelby Webb, Carlos Anchondo, David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

Immediately following Russia’s invasion last year, plans in the United States and Europe to cut emissions seemed to be on the ropes. The price of battery minerals surged. European countries, determined to stop buying Russia’s gas, scrambled to keep coal plants online. Biden pressed domestic oil and gas companies to drill more. António Guterres, the United Nations’ secretary-general, begged countries not to abandon green ambitions and relapse into fossil fuel “addiction.” But since then, political will for clean energy policy has mostly survived Russia’s invasion — at least so far, experts say. [ read more … ]

Pollution

How Widespread Are These Toxic Chemicals? They’re Everywhere.

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

Polar bears in the Arctic and plankton in the Pacific. Cardinals in Atlanta and crocodiles in South Africa. While concern about PFAS compounds, also known as “forever chemicals” because they break down very slowly, has largely focused on people, the pollutants have also been detected in wildlife. Now, a review of research made public on Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy organization that focuses on environmental safety, shows PFAS turning up in hundreds of wild animal species around the world. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV charging infrastructure is ‘inadequate and plagued with non-functioning stations’: J.D. Power

By Dan ZukowskiL, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

As sales of electric vehicles continue to grow, inoperable and poorly maintained public charging stations increasingly frustrate drivers, according to an ongoing study by J.D. Power, the consumer data analysis firm known for its automobile quality and dependability studies. Charge point unreliability has increased 50% from 2021 to January 2023, according to data provided by Brent Gruber, executive director of J.D Power’s electric vehicle practice, from 14% to 21%.  [ read more … ]

The EV Question for Auto Executives: How Fast to Make the Shift?

By Ryan Felton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted February 22, 2023

Most car executives agree that a transition to electric vehicles is inevitable. How rapidly to make the switch is a central question, one that is driving divergent strategies. Traditional auto makers have pledged to gradually transform their vehicle lineups to EVs, but timelines vary. If car makers get ahead of consumers on EV rollouts, that could inflate their costs and hurt sales of gas-powered vehicles, profits from which are needed to fund investments in electrification. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.