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NEWS UPDATE May 4, 2023

Top Story

EVs Are Cleaning Up California’s Air, But Mostly for the Affluent

By Todd Woody, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

Residents in better-off areas are also breathing easier: PM2.5 emissions fell a median of nearly 0.7 kilograms per year in those census tracts, four times the median reduction in disadvantaged communities. Researchers found that PM2.5 pollution actually rose in 17% of disadvantaged areas, which are home to 39% of California’s fossil fuel power plants. Those communities also experienced smaller reductions in other air pollutants in contrast to wealthier areas, according to the analysis of 8,057 census tracts in California. [ read more … ]

E15

Regan comments on E15, CCS permitting during Senate hearing

By Erin Voegele , Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan fielded questions on the availability E15 and carbon capture and storage (CCS) permitting during a May 3 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., applauded the U.S. EPA’s April 28 announcement that it will issue emergency waivers allowing E15 sales to continue nationwide during the summer 2023 driving season and asked Regan to support effort to enact a legislative fix allowing permanent access to year-round E15 in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Iowa Court: Pipeline Survey Law Unlawful

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

It is unconstitutional for pipeline companies to enter private land to survey without compensating landowners in Iowa, a district judge in the state ruled Wednesday. One of three companies planning to build a carbon-dioxide pipeline in Iowa sued Clay County landowner Martin Koenig, who refused to allow Navigator CO2 officials on his property to conduct additional site surveys. Officials with Navigator CO2 told DTN they will appeal the ruling, calling it a “deviation” from existing precedent. [ read more … ]

judge: Iowa pipeline land survey law is unconstitutional

By JARED STRONG, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

Iowa state law that allows hazardous liquid pipeline companies access to private land for surveys is unconstitutional because it doesn’t provide compensation for intangible damages suffered by landowners, a district court judge has ruled. “The damages resulting from a landowner’s loss of his right to exclusive use of his property are subjective in the same way that pain and suffering damages are as it relates to a victim of a tortious injury,” wrote Judge John Sandy, in his Wednesday ruling. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit Navigator CO2 Ventures filed against landowner Martin Koenig in Clay County that sought a court-ordered injunction to conduct survey work on his land. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Companies Flock to Biden’s Climate Tax Breaks, Driving Up Cost

By Jim Tankersley and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

President Biden’s signature climate law appears to be encouraging more investment in American manufacturing than initially expected, powering what’s expected to be a surge in new factory jobs and domestic clean energy technologies, according to independent forecasters. If the boom in new battery factories, wind and solar farms, electric vehicle plants and other investments is sustained, the law could prove even more effective than administration officials had hoped at reducing the fossil fuel emissions that are dangerously heating the planet. [ read more … ]

Podesta protégé navigates labor, environment divide

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

It also doesn’t hurt that Podesta, who she met on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, is now President Joe Biden’s senior adviser for implementing the clean energy programs in the IRA. “I think a lot of people who work on climate start with, ‘How much can you reduce emissions?’” Podesta, who was the chair of the Clinton campaign while Budzinski was the labor outreach director, told E&E News. “And Nikki starts from the perspective of, ‘What do we need to build, and how do we make the people building those projects make sure those jobs are good jobs?’” [ read more … ]

Climate

‘A New Spike’ in Global Temperatures in the Forecast

By Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

Forecasters from the World Meteorological Organization are reporting increased chances that the global climate pattern known as El Niño will arrive by the end of summer. With it comes increased chances for hotter-than-normal temperatures in 2024. While there is not yet a clear picture of how strong the El Niño event will be or how long it might last, even a relatively mild one could affect precipitation and temperature patterns around the world. [ read more … ]

Markets

Is this the beginning of the end for gasoline?

By KARIN KIRK, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

One cause for the decline in gasoline use is that Americans are driving less — in part due to remote and hybrid work and less commuting than in the pre-COVID days. High gas prices may also have contributed to a reduction in driving, particularly in mid-2022 when prices peaked. Another reason is improving fuel economy, especially as the adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles is growing. In the first quarter of 2023, electric vehicles accounted for 7.2% of all new car purchases, and EV and hybrid sales are booming. [ read more … ]

EVs

Nasty battle’: States fight states for EV, battery plants

By Hannah Northey, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer didn’t waste any time pitching her state as a destination when General Motors and South Korea’s Samsung SDI announced plans last week to build a new electric vehicle battery cell factory. The Democrat said she immediately reached out to GM CEO Mary Barra to telegraph that Michigan should be a top contender for hosting the $3 billion plant. GM, which is headquartered in Detroit, has yet to say where it plans to build the facility.
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Auto union withholds support for Biden, citing EVs

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted May 4, 2023

The United Auto Workers is holding back on endorsing President Joe Biden for reelection for now, citing concerns over his electric vehicle policies. In a memo sent to UAW members Tuesday, President Shawn Fain said the union wants to see Biden push more forcefully for better wages and benefits for workers at EV facilities. [ read more … ]

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