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NEWS UPDATE September 24, 2023

Top Story

EPA’s Own Scientists Warn Ethanol Might Not Be Green Enough

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

The US government’s own scientists on Thursday questioned whether corn-based ethanol is better for the environment than traditional petroleum-based fuels, nearly two decades after Congress first mandated its use. “According to the best available science, it appears there is a reasonable chance there are minimal or no climate benefits from substituting corn ethanol for gasoline or diesel,” the board proclaimed in its drafted report. The Environmental Protection Agency should do “more extensive research” on the issue and consider it in setting future biofuel-blending quotas, the draft said.
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EPA Science Advisory Board

Ethanol groups slam US EPA advisors for report on fuel’s ‘minimal’ climate benefit

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

The ethanol and corn industries on Thursday slammed an advisory board to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a draft report that found there could be little climate benefit to using corn-starch ethanol as a fuel, compared with gasoline. The question of exactly how much ethanol cuts emissions over gasoline has divided academics and has created a split in the administration of President Joe Biden over implementation of a tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel. [ read more … ]

RFA Chief: EPA Science Board Using Bad Data to Question Corn Ethanol Emissions

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

The SAB wants EPA to conduct more extensive research into the role the Renewable Fuels Standard plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By law, ethanol is required to reduce emissions at least 20% below gas and diesel fuel. In drafting a three-year volume standard for the RFS, the SAB stated EPA “missed an opportunity” to “engage the scientific community on the vital question of whether the majority fuel used for compliance with the RFS, corn starch ethanol, meets this criterion.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Local officials have potential to block carbon dioxide projects

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

Iowa cities and counties have the authority to restrict building permits for the carbon-capture facilities that would feed proposed carbon dioxide pipelines in the state, the Hardin County attorney argues in a recent state regulatory filing. That has the potential to empower local elected officials to restrict or block the controversial pipeline projects by depriving them of their sources of the greenhouse gas. Some counties that are wary of the projects have sought to limit where the pipelines can be built, which a federal judge rebuffed. [ read more … ]

Federal agency weighs in on counties’ power to require carbon capture pipeline setbacks

By Dominik Dausch and Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

Inundated with questions, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration sent letters this month to executives at Navigator, Summit and the other pipeline developer, Wolf Carbon Solutions, clarifying the roles of local, state and federal officials in the safety, siting, construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline projects. The federal agency said “nothing in federal law impinges” on the “traditional prerogatives” of local or state governments “to regulate land use, including setback distances and property development” so long as “officials do not attempt to regulate the field of pipeline safety preempted by federal law.” [ read more … ]

SAF

US Department of Energy seeks input on creating SAF supply chains ‘rapidly’

By Aaron Alford, OPIS  •    •  Posted September 22, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday said it will ask biofuels industry stakeholders for input on how the government can help “rapidly develop” sustainable aviation fuel supply chains that would help the country meet targets set by the Biden administration’s SAF Grand Challenge, which aims for 3 billion gal/year of domestic SAF production by 2030 and 100% SAF usage by 2050. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Has the Case for Ethanol Come Full Circle?

By Todd Hultman, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

It may sound strange, but the case for increasing ethanol production is even stronger today than it was in 2007. The U.S. again finds itself in a situation where world oil supplies are tight and big decisions are being made by a collaboration of OPEC and Russia. Just as Bush understood in 2007, the U.S. doesn’t just need more fuel, it needs more diversified fuel sources. One political party wants to increase domestic oil production and the other party wants more low-carbon fuels. The U.S. currently needs both. [ read more … ]

Compromise is needed on EPA’s new particulate matter rules

By Collin Peterson, The Hill  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

Ensuring everyone can breathe clean air is a shared universal priority and a core responsibility of the EPA. But there must be a realistic balance between protecting public health and providing businesses with clear, achievable rules that keep America globally competitive. It does not need to be an either-or proposition. If Biden’s EPA adopts the reasonable compromise that others are proposing, he will be able to tout tougher environmental regulations without creating an economic headache — a deal where everyone wins. [ read more … ]

Markets

Renault to maintain mixed ethanol combustion engines in Brazil

By Alberto Alerigi Jr., Reuters  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

Renault will maintain production of ethanol-fueled combustion vehicles in Brazil, where nine in 10 cars are equipped to run on a mixture of gasoline and the biofuel as fully electric vehicles (EVs) need more government support, the head of the French carmaker’s Brazil branch said on Friday. “It still pays to invest in combustion in Brazil,” top executive Ricardo Gondo said at an event, adding that the industry will need more federal incentives to accelerate its EV transition. [ read more … ]

EVs

Why Can’t Americans Buy Cheap Chinese EVs?

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 24, 2023

China has become a global powerhouse in electric cars: It’s expected to account for about 60% of the world’s 14.1 million new passenger EV sales this year, according to BloombergNEF. Many of those options are small and affordable; some are downright cheap. Take BYD’s Atto 3, a small, front-wheel-drive crossover with one of the most advanced batteries in the game. The Atto 3 costs just $20,000in China and starts at $38,000 in the UK and Europe. But not a single Atto 3 is headed for the US market. Why not? The answer is part logistics and part politics [ read more … ]

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