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NEWS UPDATE June 19, 2023

Top Story

Renewable group shifts position, shakes up hydrogen debate

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

“What we are proposing today is a pretty considerable step from where we were in December,” said Jason Grumet, the group’s CEO, during a press call. The plan strikes “a balance that inspires a new clean domestic industry while ensuring near- and long-term climate benefits,” Grumet said. Under the group’s proposal, hydrogen developers could only use grid power if they were also financing new sources of clean power generation — a concept known as “additionality.” That new clean power would also have to be located in the same grid area as where the hydrogen production was occurring or in a neighboring one with strong transmission links. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Iowa regulators to begin Summit carbon capture pipeline hearing Aug. 22 in Fort Dodge

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

State regulators plan to hold a hearing beginning Aug. 22 in Fort Dodge on Summit Carbon Solutions’ $4.5 billion proposal to build a roughly 680-mile carbon capture pipeline across Iowa, according to an order released Friday. The Iowa Utilities Board, which initially indicated it would start the hearing in October, said it plans to first hear from Iowans whose land is targeted under eminent domain. If granted eminent domain power, Summit would be able to force unwilling property owners to sell it access for the project. [ read more … ]

Carbon capture advocacy group recruits prominent ag leaders

By Jeff Beach, AgWeek  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

Tom Buis, former leader of the National Farmers Union and CEO of Growth Energy, is now the CEO of the American Carbon Alliance. He said the group has formed to tell the story of carbon capture “and what that means not just to the ethanol industry, to farmers, to rural communities — everyone has a stake in the rural economy.” There are multiple carbon capture pipeline projects in the works in the Midwest, aiming to capture greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol plants. Advocates say the projects will help ensure ethanol remains viable as a fuel, benefiting corn growers and the rural economy. [ read more … ]

Congress

House approves bill to end Chevron deference

By Mia McCarthy, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

The House approved legislation Thursday to end so-called Chevron deference. It would be the second major regulatory reform bill this week. The “Separation of Powers Restoration Act,” H.R. 288, would end a legal doctrine giving agencies leeway to interpret vague statutes. The bill passed 220-211. “An unchecked administrative state is dangerous to the American people,” said sponsor Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Wis.). “This is why it is imperative that Congress regain its legislative power by passing H.R. 288.” [ read more … ]

Watchdog probes EPA air chief’s ethics lapse

By Kevin Bogardus, Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

At issue is Goffman’s having asked an EPA subordinate to set up a meeting with Harvard officials after one reached out to him, violating President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge. Goffman had signed the pledge that bars contact with former employers. Goffman, a veteran Clean Air Act lawyer who had previously served at the agency during the Obama administration, returned to EPA in 2021 after a stint as executive director of Harvard Law School’s environmental law program. He is an essential player in drafting the Biden administration’s climate change regulations but has been stuck waiting for Senate confirmation as head of EPA’s air office for more than a year.
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Pollution

Gas stoves pollute homes with benzene, which is linked to cancer

By Jeff Brady, NPR  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

When the blue flame fires up on a gas stove, there’s more than heat coming off the burner. Researchers at Stanford University found that among the pollutants emitted from stoves is benzene, which is linked to cancer. Levels of benzene can reach higher than those found in secondhand tobacco smoke and the benzene pollution can spread throughout a home, according to the research. [ read more … ]

Markets

Inflation Reduction Act Boosts Renewable Energy and Biofuels Infrastructure

By Iowa Ag Connection  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

Under the bill, approximately $11 billion has been allocated for rural electric cooperatives, renewable energy loans, biofuel infrastructure, and the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These funds will be available until the end of fiscal year 2031, providing ample opportunity for growth and development. Jonathan Coppess, director of the University of Illinois ag policy program, highlighted the importance of the REAP program and the additional funding, stating that they assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses in becoming more energy efficient and adopting renewable energy technologies.
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Battle Lines Harden Over Big Oil’s Role at Climate Talks in Dubai

By Max Bearak, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

An unavoidable tension surrounds this year’s United Nations-sponsored climate talks in November: They will take place in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, and the most important role at the talks is held by the man who heads the national oil company. The executive, Sultan al-Jaber, and other representatives of the Emirates have argued that they have a “game changing” plan to fight climate change by welcoming oil and gas companies from around the world to participate more fully in the talks. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

These influencers are shaping the GOP 2024 energy strategy

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 19, 2023

When it comes to energy policy, there’s very little difference among the dozen or so Republicans looking to unseat President Joe Biden. Yet the candidates still need plans, platforms and talking points. So as the 2024 race ramps up, an army of political nonprofits, think tanks and Trump alumni are working to fill in the blanks and draft a battle plan for the next Republican administration. [ read more … ]

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