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NEWS UPDATE July 4, 2023

Top Story

Rush to Build Carbon Pipelines Leaps Ahead of Federal Rules and Safety Standards

By Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

A rush is on across the Midwest and Gulf Coast to build thousands of miles of new pipelines that would carry carbon dioxide, the main driver of global warming. The pipes would become a critical piece of a burgeoning industry that aims to remove the climate pollutant from industrial smokestacks before it reaches the atmosphere, and then store the gas deep underground. But advocacy groups are warning that energy companies are moving faster than regulators and that some of the proposed pipelines could be up and running before there are any federal safety regulations to cover them. [ read more … ]

RFS

Delaware City Refinery faces higher costs after EPA finalizes renewable fuel rule

By Jon Hurdle, Delaware Public Radio  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

The owner of Delaware City refinery faces more cost pressures and even the possibility of downsizing after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that is expected to keep costs high for complying with its Renewable Fuel Standard. PBF Energy said it paid more than $1.2 billion across all of its six refineries last year to buy credits called RINs that allowed it to meet the EPA requirements for an increasing volume of ethanol and other renewable fuels to be blended with gasoline. [ read more … ]

Ricketts says EPA is out-of-touch with American agriculture over RFS policy

By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

A U.S. Senator says the Environmental Protection Agency is sending mixed signals to the agriculture industry over its biofuels policy.  Republican Pete Ricketts of Nebraska tells Brownfield the benefits of ethanol and biodiesel are clear, and EPA should’ve increased the Renewable Volume Obligations. “The RVO numbers themselves are disappointing, especially from an administration that wants to reduce carbon in the environment.” [ read more … ]

E15

EPA allows E15 fuel sales to July 20

By Ann Meyer, CSP News  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday issued an emergency fuel waiver allowing E15 gasoline to be sold from July 1 to July 20. Government regulations prohibit sales of the 15% ethanol blend during summer months in some areas due to concerns about ozone pollution, said Michael Regan, administrator of the EPA, in a letter to governors announcing the waiver. Regan said a lack of adequate fuel supply stemming from the ongoing war in Ukraine led the agency to issue the waiver, its second waiver this year, and allow sales of E15 in areas without a Reformulated Gasoline Program. In April, the EPA issued a waiver allowing for sales of E15 from May 1 to May 20. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Thanks to federal tax credits, it’s boom time in the Midwest for carbon dioxide pipelines

BY: JACOB FISCHLER, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

Thousands of miles of carbon dioxide pipelines planned in the Midwest have been spurred, in part, by a major expansion of federal tax credits in Democrats’ 2022 climate law. That could lead to billions of dollars per year in federal tax credits benefiting the powerful Midwest ethanol industry, even as the proposals create intense conflicts between developers and local landowners worried about pipelines on their property.
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SCOTUS

Supreme Court axes debt relief, threatens climate regs

By Niina H. Farah, Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

“This ruling doesn’t solve the riddle of what does and what does not constitute a major question, and why,” said Michael Burger, executive director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. The ruling — along with an earlier environmental decision — could restrain federal agencies from writing broader regulations because it suggests that agencies will be held to a nearly impossible-to-achieve standard, said Karen Sokol, a Loyola University New Orleans law professor. She said the ruling “weaves in major questions logic” to evaluate routine legislative text. “It’s requiring an extreme level of clarity on the part of Congress,” she said. “And not just clarity, but more specificity as to what the secretary (of a federal agency) can do.” [ read more … ]

Supreme Court ruling entangles Biden’s environmental justice efforts

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

In outlawing consideration of race in admissions, the Supreme Court has dealt a blow to colleges seeking to diversify their student bodies — and potentially presented a new hurdle for the Biden administration’s efforts to address pollution in predominantly Black communities. The court’s 6-3, ideologically divided decision issued Thursday says that approaches used by Harvard College and the University of North Carolina to factor in race in admissions decisions are unconstitutional. Justices signaled that they are likely to take a similarly critical view of efforts to explicitly consider race, said Emily Hammond, a professor and vice provost for faculty affairs at George Washington University Law School. [ read more … ]

Markets

Midwestern Shoppers Trade Down on Food, Fuel to Cut Costs, Casey’s CEO Says

By Diana Bravo, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

The 28% of Casey’s visitors that the company considers low-income are saving money by choosing cheaper prepackaged foods and the store’s private label instead of hot breakfast items or name-brand products. Those customers are still filling their tanks all the way at the pump, but they’re choosing cheaper ethanol blends to stretch their dollars further, Rebelez said. The company on Wednesday announced a new three-year strategic plan, intending to add 350 stores to its current count of about 2,500 through the fiscal year ending in April 2026. Despite economic pressures, Rebelez said, Casey’s is enjoying a good development environment as smaller convenience-store operators offer attractive prices for expansion.
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Commentary

Gas-Powered Cars Are an Environmental Catastrophe. I’ll Miss Them Anyway.

By FARHAD MANJOO, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 4, 2023

I’ve been driving for nearly 30 years, but until recently, I hadn’t ever changed my car engine’s oil by myself. Of course I hadn’t: By the time I got my first car, in the mid-1990s, cars had long since become reliable enough that you could go years without popping the hood. In Southern California, where I grew up, there’s a quick-lube place on just about every other corner. Owning a car meant pulling into one as regularly as you visited a dentist, catching up on old magazines in the lounge as a technician mucked about under your ride for a half-hour before you went on with your day. [ read more … ]

 

 

 

 

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