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NEWS UPDATE March 13, 2023

Top Story

Biden Administration Approves Huge Alaska Oil Project

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

The Biden administration gave formal approval Monday for a huge oil drilling project in Alaska known as Willow, despite widespread opposition because of its likely environmental and climate impacts. The president is also expected to announce sweeping restrictions on offshore oil leasing in the Arctic Ocean and across Alaska’s North Slope in an apparent effort to temper criticism over the Willow decision and, as one administration official put it, to form a “firewall” to limit future oil leases in the region. The Interior Department said it would issue new rules to block oil and gas leases on more than 13 million of the 23 million acres that form the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standard

Ag Concerns About Clean Fuel Law in MN

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers last week moved one step closer to passing a clean transportation standard although some agriculture and biofuels interests are concerned about some aspects of the legislation that advanced from a state senate committee on March 9. In particular, representatives from two state agriculture and biofuels interest groups said the legislation would favor electric vehicles. The bill would establish the Clean Transportation Standard, which would require the state to reduce carbon emissions from transportation fuel by 25% by 2030, by 75% by 2040 and 100% by 2050. The standard would be similar to California’s low-carbon fuel standard. [ read more … ]

Markets

Why Big Oil is less worried about Biden phasing out fossil fuels

By Timothy Puko, Washington Post  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

Oil and gas industry leaders say they’ve seen a big shift in tone from the Biden administration over the past year, helping to smooth over one of the president’s rockiest relationships. Just two weeks before election night in 2020, President Biden dropped a bomb on fossil fuel businesses while debating the incumbent Donald Trump. “I would transition from the oil industry. Yes,” he said. “It has to be replaced by renewable energy — over time. Over time.” [ read more … ]

Biden closes Arctic to oil — after Willow

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

As the the Biden administration signaled it could soon approve a massive oil project on public lands in Alaska, President Joe Biden on Sunday declared the entire Arctic Ocean off-limits to oil and gas leasing. As part of a “fire wall” against future drilling in the far north, the White House announced it is also preparing to overhaul management of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), expanding protections in a large portion of the 24-million-acre swath of public lands in the Arctic. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Opinion: Carbon capture is essential to the future of ethanol

By Lee Blank, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

A little over a year ago, the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll found that 85% of Iowans, or what the pollster characterized as a “giant majority,” believe that ethanol is critical or fairly important to the state’s economy. As someone who has been deeply involved in agriculture here in Iowa and across the Midwest, I share that opinion and take quite a bit of pride that a strong, bipartisan coalition has supported the ethanol industry in order to drive growth in our broader economy. [ read more … ]

Letter: People are not against ethanol

By Rose Mather, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted March 13, 2023

People are not against ethanol. They just oppose the damage from moving CO2 through confiscated land in high pressure, hazardous pipelines and then claiming those privately owned CO2 pipelines are for the public good. CO2 pipelines are not needed. Ethanol plants need to deal with the CO2 on site. They should also be looking at the many new uses, markets, as well as methods of transporting the CO2. They should be working with “The hands that feed them,” and not promoting the taking of their land. [ read more … ]

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