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NEWS UPDATE September 18, 2023

Top Story

Summit permit process in North Dakota has reached ‘uncharted waters’

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

The state’s Public Service Commission granted the company’s reconsideration request with a split vote on Friday. It had unanimously denied Summit’s permit application in August because the company didn’t sufficiently show that its carbon dioxide pipeline proposal minimized its effects on the public. State law allows for such reconsiderations but does not dictate how they should proceed and when they should conclude, said Victor Schock, director of public utilities for the commission. He said the commission has not agreed to reconsider another denial in recent memory and that such denials are themselves rare. “We’re kind of in uncharted waters to a certain extent,” Schock said. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

A local struggle over carbon pipelines in Iowa is becoming a 2024 presidential flashpoint

By Jillian Frankel and Alex Tabet, NBC News  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

Republican presidential hopefuls hitting the trail in Iowa are being peppered with questions about abortion, social issues and government spending — and also carbon dioxide pipelines and eminent domain. The questions stem from efforts by three companies — Summit Carbon Solutions, Navigator CO₂ Ventures and Wolf Carbon Solutions — that propose a series of underground pipelines to move carbon dioxide emitted from ethanol and other industrial plants in Iowa to either North Dakota or Illinois. But many landowners are not interested in the idea. [ read more … ]

States

‘Watershed moment’: California enters climate litigation fray

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

California, a top oil-producing state, is suing the oil majors and an influential ally — making it the latest and largest player among a growing number of local governments looking to hold fossil fuel companies financially accountable for the effects of climate change. The lawsuit, filed Friday in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, accuses five of the world’s largest oil companies and their subsidiaries, along with the industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute, of waging a campaign to mislead the public about the dangers of burning fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

California Governor to Sign Landmark Climate Disclosure Bill

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on Sunday that he would sign a landmark climate bill that passed the state’s legislature last week requiring major companies to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, a move with national and global repercussions. The new law will require about 5,000 companies to report the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that is directly emitted by their operations and also the amount of indirect emissions from things like employee travel, waste disposal and supply chains. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Farming Can Work So Much Better for the Planet

By Lara Williams, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

Feeding 8 billion people is a big task, and we’re not excelling at it. Our global food systems have become incredibly dysfunctional, failing on multiple fronts including human health, carbon emissions and pollution. A new research paper hints at something better but only if we pull every lever available to u [ read more … ]

EVs

America passed the EV ‘tipping point’ — but many buyers still want gas

By Shannon Osaka and Emily Guskin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

There is a theoretical, magic tipping point for adoption of electric vehicles. Once somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of new car sales are all-electric, some researchers say, huge numbers of drivers will follow. They predict that electric car sales will then soar — to 25 percent, 50 percent and eventually to close to 80 percent of new sales. Early adopters who love shiny new technologies will be replaced by mainstream consumers just looking for a good deal. Last year, the United States finally passed that elusive mark — 5 percent of all new cars sold in the fourth quarter were fully electric. And earlier this year, all-electric vehicles made up about 7 percent of new car sales. [ read more … ]

Ford to Double Output of Hybrid F-150 Truck as EV Sales Slow

By Keith Naughton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 18, 2023

Ford Motor Co. is doubling production and cutting prices of gasoline-electric hybrid F-150 pickups as pure electric models become a harder sell among budget-minded buyers. Ford is seeing growing demand for the hybrid-powered of F-150, which currently accounts for one-in-10 deliveries of its top-selling model. By cranking up production next year, Ford said Tuesday it’ll offer the hybrid for a starting price of $55,000 plus destination and delivery charges — the same price as an equivalent gas-fueled model. [ read more … ]

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