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NEWS UPDATE July 24, 2023

Top Story

Analysis: Bumpy road ahead for US gasoline demand and energy transition

By Shariq Khan, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

While U.S. gasoline demand is unlikely to rescale the pre-pandemic peaks of 2018 as the energy transition accelerates, the pace of its decline is uncertain, illustrating the challenge for industry and the government in planning the shift to a low-carbon economy. The complex interplay between the transition, policy, economic performance and consumer preferences have made it harder than ever to forecast gasoline demand.
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RFS

Lawsuit says US environmental agency ignores harm of biofuel production

By Tom Perkins, The Guardian  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

The US biofuel program is likely killing endangered species and harming the environment in a way that negates its benefits, but the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is largely ignoring those problems, a new federal lawsuit charges. The suit alleges the EPA failed to consider impacts on endangered species, as is required by law, when it set new rules that will expand biofuel use nationwide during the next three years, said Brett Hartl, government affairs director with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which brought the litigation. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Iowa regulators block Steve King’s efforts to join Summit carbon capture pipeline hearing

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

Iowa regulators have blocked former U.S. Rep. Steve King’s efforts to participate in a hearing to determine whether Summit Carbon Solutions should receive a permit to build a $4.5 billion carbon capture pipeline across Iowa and eminent domain power to ensure it can acquire the needed land. The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order this week denying King’s efforts to join the hearing as an intervenor, which would enable the former Republican congressman to submit testimony, offer witnesses, request information from Summit, cross-examine witnesses and submit post-hearing arguments. [ read more … ]

SAF

The Race to Invent a Greener Jet Fuel

By Ted Anton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

Sustainable aviation fuels are approaching a breakthrough moment. Made mostly from agricultural, food and industrial waste or crops, SAFs are produced chemically or through microbial fermentation, as in a brewery, from non-fossil-fuel materials. Such materials range from used beef fat to trash to waste carbon from the atmosphere or factories. Used in a blend with traditional jet fuel, SAFs promise to cut carbon emissions from jets by as much as 80%. [ read more … ]

Markets

3 things to know about Biden’s oil regs

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

The Biden administration’s proposed revamp of the federal oil and gas program caught plenty of notice from Republican lawmakers and industry for how it would dramatically increase the cost of drilling on public lands. But even the draft regulation’s more obscure elements could make waves for drillers — and federal coffers. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

How the student loan fight affects EPA’s auto rules

By Alex Guillén, Politico  •    •  Posted July 24, 2023

 The Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling striking down President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief plan is making waves in the fight over his climate rules for cars and trucks. In its 6-3 ruling, the high court’s conservative wing again cited the major questions doctrine in ruling that Biden had gone too far, building off its 2022 ruling that cited the doctrine to rein in EPA’s climate authority over power plants. Valero Renewable Fuels Company, an ethanol maker fighting the EPA standards in part because they would lead to more electric vehicle sales, argued last week that the student loan ruling bolsters its case against EPA’s tailpipe rules. [ read more … ]

 

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