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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE February 23, 2023

Top Story

This ‘climate-friendly’ fuel comes with an astronomical cancer risk

By Sharon Lerner, The Guardian  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave a Chevron refinery the green light to create fuel from discarded plastics as part of a climate-friendly initiative to boost alternatives to petroleum. But, according to agency records obtained by ProPublica and the Guardian, the production of one of the fuels could emit air pollution that is so toxic, one out of four people exposed to it over a lifetime could get cancer. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

CO2 pipeline bill has ethanol group up in arms

By Brent Barnett, Brownfield  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

A bill in the Iowa House would restrict the use of eminent domain to acquire land for carbon pipeline projects. House File 368 would require CO2 pipeline companies to gain 90% approval from landowners, and acquire all pipeline construction and zoning permits from the other states the project will be constructed in before being granted eminent domain. [ read more … ]


Senate Democrats try again to advance EPA air nominee

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

Senate Democrats are making another push to advance the Biden administration’s nomination of Joe Goffman to lead EPA’s air office after failing to advance the selection in the last Congress. [ read more … ]

Feenstra introduces 3 bills to boost research for biobased fuels

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, in February reintroduced three bills that aim to support the U.S. biofuels industry by comparing the costs of electric vehicle (EVs) and flex fuel vehicle (FFVs) fleets, supporting research and development for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and supporting the development of biofuel fuel cells. All three bills were previously introduced during the 117th Congress. [ read more … ]


CARB ‘moving quickly’ to increase LCFS targets by 2024: agency

By OPIS  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

The California Air Resources Board is “moving quickly” in its latest rulemaking process, with a goal of establishing revised carbon intensity targets for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program by 2024, the agency said in a Wednesday workshop. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Jimmy Carter’s Presidency Was Defined by Energy

By Amanda Kolson Hurley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 23, 2023

Last week Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, began home hospice care at the age of 98. The news prompted tributes to a man known for his dedication to promoting peace and fighting disease, who has led a famously modest post-presidential life in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.  Carter is also the president who put solar panels on the White House and suggested that Americans wear a sweater and keep the thermostat down to save energy. But that only skims his legacy on energy and the environment, one of the most substantial of any US president.  [ read more … ]


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