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NEWS UPDATE March 26, 2023

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Regan discusses RFS RVOs, E15 waiver during Senate hearing

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Ricketts asked Regan to explain the EPA’s delay in responding to the petition and asked what the agency’s plans are for allowing year-round sales of E15 during the upcoming summer driving season. “I understand why this is important and I know it was important to you before you took this position [as senator],” Regan said. “We are excited about moving towards the waiver for 2024. We know the timing is different than what was originally requested and I believe our folks were being responsive to fuel distribution companies so that could be prepared for the next year—not this year. So, I recognize that we are on a slightly different clock.” [ read more … ]

Biofuels

New bioeconomy report includes big goal

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Replacing 90% of today’s plastics with biobased feedstocks is among the goals in a White House report seeking to boost the nation’s bioeconomy. The Office of Science and Technology Policy’s report – prepared in coordination with USDA, the Energy Department and other agencies – also includes the bold objective of producing 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel within seven years that would achieve at least a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions. [ read more … ]

Litigation

8th Circuit delivers climate blow to Big Oil

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Oil and gas companies on Thursday lost what may have been their best shot at creating disagreement between federal appeals courts — a key consideration for Supreme Court review — on a jurisdictional issue that has the potential to quash a broad set of climate challenges launched by local governments that want industry to pay up for the impacts of a warming planet. The finding from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Minnesota’s case belongs before state, rather than federal, judges is the sixth such ruling from courts across the country in nearly two dozen climate liability lawsuits. Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and other companies have attempted to remove the cases to federal court, where industry lawyers believe they are more likely to prevail. [ read more … ]

In Montana, It’s Youth vs. the State in a Landmark Climate Case

By David Gelles, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Watching their cherished wilderness succumb to the effects of climate change enraged the Busse boys, and three years ago, they decided to do something about it. Along with 14 other local youth, they joined with an environmental legal organization and sued the state. In their complaint, filed in 2020, the young activists seized on language in the Montana state Constitution that guarantees residents “the right to a clean and healthful environment,” and stipulates that the state and individuals are responsible for maintaining and improving the environment “for present and future generations.” By virtue of those few words, they argue, Montana’s extensive support for fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas is unconstitutional because the resulting pollution is dangerously heating the planet and has robbed them of a healthy environment. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Cleaner Air Helps Everyone. It Helps Black Communities a Lot.

By Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Implementing stricter limits on fine particulate matter could reduce mortality rates by up to 7 percent for Black and low-income Americans over 65 who are already exposed to some of the dirtiest air in the United States, according to the study, led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There is already overwhelming evidence that people of color, and Black communities in particular, are disproportionately exposed to harmful air pollutants like the fine particulate matter examined in the study, which is known as PM 2.5 because it is no more than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. [ read more … ]

Markets

New York nears deal to ban gas stoves in new homes

By MARIE J. FRENCH, Politico  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

The measures would continue to allow gas stoves in new restaurants, but would ultimately block them in residential and most other new buildings. Details would be worked out by the state’s building codes council. The proposals face opposition from fossil fuel companies, business groups and homebuilders. Some upstate Democratic lawmakers have concerns about the plan and are sensitive to questions from their constituents about the perceived cost and reliability of electric heating options. [ read more … ]

U.S. energy secretary says it could take years to refill oil reserve

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

It could take years for the United States to refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the energy secretary told lawmakers on Thursday, after sales directed by President Joe Biden last year pushed the stockpile to its lowest level since 1983. “This year, it will be difficult for us to take advantage of this low price,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told U.S. representatives in a congressional hearing. “But we will continue to look for that low price into the future because we intend to be able to save the taxpayer dollars.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden Reaches Moment of Truth for Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

By Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Ever since Senator Joe Manchin shocked Washington by clinching a left-for-dead climate deal, lobbyists have tried to tweak rules around just how much content carmakers and their suppliers will have to source domestically. The Democrat from West Virginia has repeatedly criticized these efforts, which he says will sacrifice US energy independence and national security in the name of fighting climate change. Most automakers — which want to lower costs and maximize government support to sell as many EVs as possible — have been discreet about trying to drill holes in Manchin’s rules, doing most of their persuasion in private, with some exceptions. [ read more … ]

Can EVs unplug from China? 3 things to watch from Treasury.

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

The Treasury Department plans to issue guidance next week that could have lasting implications for U.S.-China collaborations on electric vehicles — as well as the Biden administration’s goals on climate and human rights. At issue: the Inflation Reduction Act, which allows buyers of new EVs to claim up to $7,500 in tax credits. Those credits will become unavailable in the coming years whenever an electric car’s battery parts are supplied by companies considered a “foreign entity of concern.” [ read more … ]

Ford expects $3 billion loss on electric car business in 2023

By Aaron Gregg, Washington Post  •    •  Posted March 26, 2023

Ford’s electric vehicle business lost $2.1 billion in 2022 and has projected $3 billion in losses for 2023, according to a new financial reporting structure unveiled Thursday morning. It was the first financial report in which the automaker broke out its electric vehicle business from its broader business. Ford has been investing in hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Mustang Mach-E and an all-electric F-150 pickup truck, and announced last year that it would boost electric vehicle spending to $50 billion through 2026. [ read more … ]

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