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NEWS UPDATE March 8, 2023

Top Story

Iowa, Nebraska warn EPA they’ll sue to make E15 available this summer

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

Iowa and Nebraska’s attorneys general are warning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency they intend to sue it for failing to allow sales in the Midwest this summer of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol. The EPA proposed a rule last week that would allow warm-weather sale of the E15 blend in Iowa, Nebraska and six other Midwestern states, but not until 2024. [ read more … ]

RFS

Senate Republicans press DOE on biofuel blending exemption

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and nine other Senate Republicans wrote to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Monday with a series of questions on the agency’s role in the Biden administration’s denial of dozens of economic hardship exemptions sought by small refineries. Those refineries are looking to be spared the renewable fuel standard’s biofuel-blending requirements. [ read more … ]

E15

Congress Set to Reintroduce E15 Bill

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

With summer E15 restrictions about to kick in, federal lawmakers are poised to reintroduce a legislative fix within the next week, an official with the Renewable Fuels Association told an ethanol industry audience during an ethanol forum held in LaVista, Nebraska, on Tuesday. The EPA last week launched a public-comment period on a proposal to grant petitions from eight states to make a change in federal law to allow year-round E15 sales permanently in those states. [ read more … ]

Biofuel allies threaten lawsuit on E15 delay

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird and Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers complained that the agency had taken nearly a year to act on their request to waive the “Reid vapor pressure” volatility rules that prevent the sale of E15 in the summer — and then delayed the proposal’s implementation by an additional year. [ read more … ]

Carbon Tax

Senate chatter grows louder on carbon tariff

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

Optimism is growing in the Senate for instituting a tariff on carbon-intensive goods, a concept environmentalists have long considered a crucial tool to combat climate change. Republicans are actively engaging on the issue, with Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana dangling introduction “in a month, or a month or two,” of what would be the first GOP-led carbon tariff bill — ever. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is working on a product, too.
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Pollution

Revealed: the 10 worst places to live in US for air pollution

By Erin McCormick, graphics by Andrew Witherspoon, The Guardian  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

America’s top spot is not a traffic-clogged metropolis or renowned heavy industry zone but a small town surrounded by farmland and mountains. These findings – based on a model developed by a team of researchers at institutions including the University of Washington – show that, across the contiguous US, the neighborhoods burdened by the worst pollution are overwhelmingly the same places where Black and Hispanic populations live. Race is more of a predictor of air pollution exposure than income level, researchers have found. [ read more … ]

Markets

CERAWeek: What Big Oil thinks of the climate law

By Miranda Willson, Brian Dabbs, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

The enactment of sweeping U.S. climate change legislation may be pivotal for early-stage technologies like low-carbon hydrogen, but an arduous permitting process and other challenges could stunt their progress, oil and gas executives said Tuesday. The Inflation Reduction Act — signed into law by President Joe Biden last year — includes approximately $369 billion in climate and energy spending. Much of that comes in the form of tax credits targeting everything from wind and solar to batteries to “clean” hydrogen made from renewable or low-emissions electricity.
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EVs

Uncertainty abounds as EV tax credit guidance looms

By Timothy Cama, Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 8, 2023

Electric vehicle buyers and makers, as well as mining companies, are eagerly anticipating the Biden administration’s expected announcement this month on which vehicles can get credits worth up to $7,500 under last year’s climate law. At issue is how the Treasury Department will enforce and interpret provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that could restrict the credits to certain vehicles. The law has specific sourcing requirements for battery minerals and battery components; the department said in December that it would issue the new guidance this month. [ read more … ]

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