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NEWS UPDATE September 11, 2023

Top Story

State denies Summit permit; both carbon pipelines proposed in SD now rejected

By Joshua Haiar, South Dakota Searchlight  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

Some landowners who’ve been fighting against a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline shed tears of joy Monday as South Dakota utility regulators denied a permit application from Summit Carbon Solutions. The decision means both carbon pipelines currently proposed in eastern South Dakota have been rejected in their first attempts to gain permits in the state. “I’ve felt like there was a tractor on my chest, and that weight has finally been removed,” said Jared Bossly, of rural Warner, whose land is along the Summit route.  [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

South Dakota regulators deny Summit carbon pipeline permit on first day of hearing

By Dominik Dausch, Sioux Falls Argus Leader  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Monday accepted a staff attorney’s motion to deny Ames-based Summit Carbon Solutions’ application for a permit to build its $5.5 billion Midwest Carbon Express pipeline through that state, cutting off a hearing on its first day. Pipelines proposed by Summit and two other companies, Navigator Heartland Greenway and Wolf Carbon Solutions, would collect carbon emissions from ethanol plants in Iowa and other states in the region, liquefy the gas and transport it to deep subterranean sequestration sites. The federal government is offering billions of dollars in incentives for the projects, aimed at cutting the carbon footprint of biofuels. [ read more … ]

California Waiver

Auto week at D.C. Circuit raises ‘major questions’ for EPA

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

A powerful federal appeals court will hear arguments this week in three challenges to the Biden administration’s efforts to curb the largest source of planet-warming pollution in the United States — and the battles have the potential to go all the way to the nation’s highest bench. The cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit target both historic and contemporary efforts to clean up car and truck exhaust. They will test a 1960s-era waiver that allows California to impose stricter pollution controls than the federal government, and they’ll wield a new legal tool — used by the Supreme Court last year to constrain EPA control of power plant emissions — against a Biden administration initiative to reduce vehicle emissions. “It certainly is the case that ‘major questions’ is the flavor of the day and that many practitioners are raising the doctrine…” [ read more … ]

Congress

House escalates California EV fight

By Politico  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

The House returns this week and is set to vote on a bill that would limit California’s special regulatory authority over vehicle emissions in a bid to prevent states from barring the sales of gas-powered cars. Pennsylvania GOP Rep. David Joyce’s bill, H.R. 1435 (118), was part of a tranche of bills targeting electric vehicles that advanced out of the Energy and Commerce Committee on party lines in July. [ read more … ]

Congress enters pivotal week on spending

By Emma Dumain, Manuel Quiñones, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

How to prevent a looming potential government shutdown will dominate the conversation on Capitol Hill this week, with the House and Senate considering divergent strategies for keeping agencies running. Both chambers are moving forward with consideration of full year, fiscal 2024 bills under what leaders call regular order, in keeping with demands from House Republicans. [ read more … ]

Markets

Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge. The Interior Department announced plans last week to revoke seven leases held by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) that were sold in the final days of the Trump administration. The state corporation has vowed to pursue legal action against the federal government for the cancellation of the leases spanning 365,000 acres in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, also known as ANWR. [ read more … ]

Higher Ethanol Blends

India Forges Global Biofuel Alliance in Push Toward Net Zero Aim

By Rakesh Sharma and Simone Preissler Iglesias, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

India launched a global alliance for promoting biofuels adoption at the Group of 20 leaders meeting in New Delhi, aimed at reducing emissions in the transportation and industrial sectors. The Global Biofuel Alliance, which include top producers Brazil and the US, has been one of India’s key priorities for the G-20 presidency. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on G-20 members to collaborate on the fuel-blending initiative as the South Asian nation aspires to increase ethanol mix in gasoline to as much as 20%. [ read more … ]

Modi’s G-20 Deals Boost India’s Infrastructure, Green Stocks

By Ashutosh Joshi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

Shares of global infrastructure service providers and environmental companies in India rallied on Monday after the Group of 20 leaders meeting in New Delhi agreed to prioritize projects that involve regional connectivity and promoting biofuels. Firms benefiting from India’s initiative to launch a global alliance for promoting biofuels adoption, which is aimed at reducing emissions in the transportation and industrial sectors, also gained. [ read more … ]

India makes clean energy push at G20 with global biofuel alliance

By Nidhi Verma, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

India announced on Saturday the launch of a global biofuel alliance at a G20 summit in New Delhi to boost the use of cleaner fuels. The alliance, with the United States and Brazil as its founding members, would help accelerate global efforts to meet net zero emissions targets by facilitating trade in biofuels derived from sources including plant and animal waste. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Ron DeSantis: Ag is essential for America’s revival. I will stand with our farmers.

By Ron DeSantis, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 11, 2023

We need to embrace energy that is produced in America and that supports American jobs. As president, I will work with leaders like Gov. Kim Reynolds to support her request for approval of E15 for year-round use.
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