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NEWS UPDATE May 22, 2023

Top Story

The U.S. is expanding CO2 pipelines. One poisoned town wants you to know its story

By Julia Simon, NPR  •    •  Posted May 22, 2023

Little did she know [that] her sons and nephew were just down the road in the Cadillac, unconscious, victims of a mass poisoning from a carbon dioxide pipeline rupture. As the carbon dioxide moved through the rural community, more than 200 people evacuated and at least 45 people were hospitalized. Cars stopped working, hobbling emergency response. People lay on the ground, shaking and unable to breathe. First responders didn’t know what was going on. “It looked like you were going through the zombie apocalypse,” says Jack Willingham, emergency director for Yazoo County. Now, three years after the CO2 poisoning from the pipeline break, some in Satartia see the incident as a warning at a critical moment for U.S. climate policy. [ read more … ]


Biden Administration May Drop Electric-Vehicle Proposal From Renewable Fuel Standard

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted May 22, 2023

The Biden administration reportedly is set to drop the electric-vehicle proposal in the latest multi-year Renewable Fuel Standard rule currently under review by the White House, according to reports from two national media outlets in recent weeks. The proposal would have allowed electric-vehicle producers to claim renewable identification numbers, or RINs, if they use electricity produced using biomass to operate the vehicles. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

North Dakota Legislator calling for investigation into Summit Carbon Solutions investors

By Jeff Beach, AgWeek  •    •  Posted May 22, 2023

State Sen. Jeff Magrum announced that there will be a press conference Tuesday, May 23, at the North Dakota Capitol to ask for the investigation. The question of who has invested in Summit Carbon Solutions has been raised at North Dakota Public Service Commission hearings. At the most recent hearing, May 9 in Linton, Magrum brought up North Dakota’s newly passed laws affecting foreign investment in the United States. Magrum, a Republican from Hazelton, said Friday that Summit’s investors include entities from China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. [ read more … ]


The U.S. Needs Minerals for Electric Cars. Everyone Else Wants Them Too.

By Ana Swanson, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 22, 2023

For decades, a group of the world’s biggest oil producers has held huge sway over the American economy and the popularity of U.S. presidents through its control of the global oil supply, with decisions by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries determining what U.S. consumers pay at the pump. As the world shifts to cleaner sources of energy, control over the materials needed to power that transition is still up for grabs. [ read more … ]

U.S. pumps the brakes on EU clean car deal

By BARBARA MOENS, STEVEN OVERLY and SARAH ANNE AARUP, Politico  •    •  Posted May 22, 2023

The European Union has been pressing for a more flexible agreement on the critical minerals used in electric car batteries that won’t require the time-consuming approval of its 27 member countries. But that doesn’t work for the Biden administration, which is under immense pressure from lawmakers to broker a binding pact. The U.S. wants Europe to make commitments that boost the supply of those minerals in exchange for the tax perks, which were part of the historic climate law Democrats passed last year. [ read more … ]

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