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NEWS UPDATE July 25, 2023

Top Story

Some July Heat: ‘Virtually Impossible’ Without Climate Change, Analysis Finds

By Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

Some of the extreme temperatures recorded in the Southwestern United States, southern Europe and northern Mexico at the beginning of the month would have been “virtually impossible” without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to research made public Tuesday. “Without climate change, we wouldn’t see this at all,” said Friederike Otto, a senior lecturer in climate science at Imperial College London and co-founder of World Weather Attribution. “Or it would be so rare that it basically would not be happening.” But in a climate changed by fossil fuel emissions, heat waves of this magnitude “are not rare events,” she said. [ read more … ]

Proposed Vehicle Emissions Rule

Nervous automakers await rules pushing them toward EVs

By Mike Magner and Valerie Yur, Roll Call  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

Makers of cars and trucks sold in the United States are in a state of high anxiety, with two looming regulatory proposals aimed at forcing a rapid transition to electric vehicles. The EPA’s strict new emission limits proposed in April have generated heavy pushback from the auto industry, as well as from congressional Republicans and even some Democrats concerned about the possible impacts on a huge sector of the economy. At the same time, automakers are waiting for a Transportation Department agency to issue new fuel economy standards for the light-vehicle fleets they sell in model year 2027 and beyond.
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EVs

EVs will bring ‘unprecedented’ power demand, but their flexibility can improve grid reliability, utilities say

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

Utilities are preparing for unprecedented demand growth from electric vehicles but say it is a “misconception” that the power grid will be overloaded and become unstable. New system planning and load management tools must be developed, but EVs are a flexible load that experts say can improve grid resilience. A policy brief published Monday by the Zero Emission Transportation Association examines key energy considerations associated with the rise of electric transportation, and provides case studies of how major utilities are approaching the EV transition. [ read more … ]

How Trump could slow the U.S. EV transition

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

A reelected Donald Trump could pull several levers to try and pare back federal policies aimed at speeding the transition to electric vehicles. EVs are becoming more mainstream, but they’re still a small share of U.S. car sales, and President Joe Biden has been keen to juice deployment. [ read more … ]

Markets

ADM lifts 2023 guidance after second-quarter profit beat

By Karl Plume, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

Archer-Daniels-Midland beat Wall Street expectations for second-quarter profit on Tuesday and raised its 2023 earnings outlook, as the grains merchant benefited from a record Brazilian harvest and robust global demand. Results, however, were below ADM’s record second quarter a year ago due to headwinds from lower oilseed processing margins and reduced North American crop exports.
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Klobuchar, Ernst, Stabenow, Ricketts Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen American Biomanufacturing

By Offices of Senators Klobuchar, Ernst, Stabenow, Ricketts  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

This legislation would:  Strengthen markets for farmers while also supporting good-paying manufacturing jobs; this legislation would: 

Strengthen markets for farmers while also supporting good-paying manufacturing jobs. Allow the Secretary of Agriculture to set acceptable price premiums under the program.  Require each federal agency to increase their procurement of biobased-only contracts or biobased volume purchased under those contracts. Improve reporting of biobased products that are purchased through online federal procurement systems, allow the Secretary of Agriculture to set acceptable price premiums under the program.  Require each federal agency to increase their procurement of biobased-only contracts or biobased volume purchased under those contracts. Improve reporting of biobased products that are purchased through online federal procurement systems. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House panel urges stronger soot and smog standards

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 25, 2023

A White House advisory panel is calling for much stronger soot and smog standards, potentially putting it at odds with the positions staked out by top EPA officials. Both pollutants are “major public health menaces” that disproportionately affect people of color and low-income communities, members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council wrote in a recent letter now posted on its website. [ read more … ]

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