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NEWS UPDATE June 1, 2023

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Rural Resistance to Carbon Pipelines

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

While federal officials expect more than 50,000 miles of carbon dioxide pipelines could be built over the next two decades, landowners from Iowa and Illinois at a public hearing this week called on federal pipeline regulators to issue a moratorium on any new carbon pipeline construction until new safety rules are drafted. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Wednesday began a two-day hearing in downtown Des Moines focusing on potential new rules for carbon pipelines that the agency could begin drafting later this year. [ read more … ]

E15

Nebraska Passes Bill to Expand E15 Sales in State That Ranks Near Bottom in Ethanol Blending

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen is scheduled to sign into law a bill on Thursday that expands E15 availability in the state, patterned after a law passed in Iowa recently. The Nebraska Legislature passed LB562 on Tuesday in an effort to bolster the percentage of ethanol blended in the state. By DTN’s calculations, Nebraska ranks 45th in the country in ethanol-blending rates at 9.7%. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon pipeline opponents seek federal moratorium on construction

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

Opponents of carbon pipelines are asking federal officials to issue a moratorium on new construction. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is holding a two-day public hearing in Des Moines. Kim Junker, a Grundy County farmer, said the federal agency should at least adopt new safety standards for the operation of pipelines and the response to ruptures. “Carbon dioxide is heavier than air. It travels like a cloud to low lying areas, depriving oxygen from everything in its path,” she said during a news conference across the street from the hotel where the hearing is taking place. “It’s odorless and colorless. If carbon pipelines are approved in the Midwest, tens of thousands of lives are at risk.” [ read more … ]

Feds: Carbon dioxide pipelines are necessary to reduce emissions

By JARED STRONG, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

Up to 60,000 miles of carbon dioxide pipeline must be installed in the United States to help eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a federal engineer. Part of that mileage might come from proposed pipelines that would cross Iowa and transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants for underground sequestration or other commercial purposes. “Right now we’re kind of in the activation mode,” said Kevin Dooley, a carbon transport engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. “We’re just building out initial sequestration wells … and trying to build those original capabilities to carry us for another 30 years.” [ read more … ]

States

Minnesota Emerges as the Midwest’s Leader in the Clean Energy Transition

By Aydali Campa, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

A new report by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University logged proposed and adopted policy changes for the decarbonization of the electricity sector. Decarbonization is generally the reduction of carbon dioxide in any sector. According to the report, Minnesota was the most active state in the Midwest and third behind Massachusetts and California nationally. Illinois was second in the region and fifth nationally, with fewer measures proposed and enacted. While the report listed at least 16 electricity decarbonization bills introduced in Illinois, none advanced to the other chamber. The report listed 20 actions in Minnesota, most of which did not advance, but the ones that did include a new statewide clean energy standard and updated long-term utility plans.  [ read more … ]

Markets

EIA: US biofuels capacity, feedstock consumption up in March

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

U.S. operatable biofuels capacity expanded by 381 MMgy in March, with gains for renewable diesel, ethanol, and biodiesel. Total feedstock consumption was at 27.087 billion pounds in March, up from 24.537 billion pounds the previous month. Total U.S. operatable biofuels capacity reached 23.099 billion gallons per year in March, up 381 MMgy when compared to the 22.718 billion gallons of capacity reported for the previous month. When compared to the 22.022 billion gallons of capacity in place in March 2022, total operable biofuels capacity was up 2.077 billion gallons per year. [ read more … ]

Testing New York Apartments: How Dirty Is That Gas Stove, Really?

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

A team of scientists from Stanford recently embarked on a testing tour of New York City apartments to better understand the extent of the pollution and how it flows from room to room in people’s real homes. It’s part of a 10-city study that is already showing how contaminants can quickly drift into living rooms and bedrooms, sometimes far beyond the stoves that created them. [ read more … ]

Congress

House to vote on Chevron deference, gas stove rules

By MIA MCCARTHY, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 1, 2023

The House plans to vote on legislation next week against gas stove restrictions and to limit the executive branch’s rulemaking powers. The “Separation of Powers Restoration Act,” H.R. 288, would end Chevron deference, a legal standard from the Supreme Court case Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council. The precedent allows agencies to interpret vague laws as they see fit, but the bill from Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Wis.) would amend federal law to make sure courts review agency actions. [ read more … ]

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