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NEWS UPDATE May 9, 2023

Top Story

Ethanol Groups Tell EPA Ethanol Key Part of Emissions Reduction in Transportation Fuels

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

The RFA said at issue is the agency’s proposal allowing electric-vehicle manufacturers to use a zero grams-per-mile emissions compliance value for EVs. “This approach falsely assumes EVs have no carbon impacts whatsoever and ignores the upstream emissions related to electricity generation, as well as the substantial emissions involved in battery mineral extraction and vehicle construction,” RFA said in its comments. “We strongly oppose EPA’s proposal to exclude upstream emissions in the GHG accounting.”
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E15

EPA Administrator Regan comments on E15 waiver

By Brent Barnett, Brownfield  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

“We know that biofuels play a significant role in this country,” Regan said. “We know that rural America contributes mightily to our fuel supply.” The EPA says E15 is about 25 cents per gallon cheaper than E10. [ read more … ]

Congress

GOP Senators: No Debt Ceiling Cloture Vote Without Budget Cuts

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

A group of 43 Republican senators over the weekend wrote a letter stating they were united behind the House Republican push for “spending cuts and structural budget reform as a starting point for negotiations on the debt ceiling.” The Republican senators stated in their three-paragraph letter to Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that they would not vote for cloture on any bill that raises the debt ceiling “without substantive spending and budget reforms.” [ read more … ]

U.S. Senate committee to vote on bipartisan rail safety bill

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday will vote on sweeping bipartisan rail safety legislation prompted by a Norfolk Southern-operated (NSC.N) train derailment on Feb. 3 in Ohio.
Committee Chair Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, said the legislation will mandate the use of technology that can identify equipment failures, prevents cursory railcar inspections, and ensures trains carrying explosive material like the Ohio train comply with stronger safety regulations. [ read more … ]

EVs

In Norway, the Electric Vehicle Future Has Already Arrived

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

The air in Oslo, Norway’s capital, is measurably cleaner. The city is also quieter as noisier gasoline and diesel vehicles are scrapped. Oslo’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 30 percent since 2009, yet there has not been mass unemployment among gas station workers and the electrical grid has not collapsed. Some lawmakers and corporate executives portray the fight against climate change as requiring grim sacrifice. “With E.V.s, it’s not like that,” said Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian E.V. Association, which represents owners. “It’s actually something that people embrace.” [ read more … ]

Biden’s latest climate minefield: EV mineral deals

By Brian Dabbs, E&E News  •    •  Posted May 9, 2023

A Biden administration plan to use mineral trade agreements to boost electric vehicles on U.S. roads is facing widespread pushback from unusual allies: Republicans and environmentalists. They say President Joe Biden’s strategy imperils U.S. jobs and represents a potentially illegal end-run around Congress.
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