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NEWS UPDATE December 10, 2023

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OPEC Leader Tells Members to Block Any Climate Summit Deal to Curb Fossil Fuels

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

The head of the OPEC oil cartel, alarmed that nations gathered at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai are considering an agreement to phase out fossil fuels, has directed the group’s members to scuttle any deal that would affect the continued production and sales of oil, gas and coal. In a letter dated Dec. 6, Haitham Al-Ghais, secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, warned all members that there was rising pressure at the summit to target fossil fuels. He called those plans “politically motivated campaigns” against oil-rich nations that put “our people’s prosperity and future at risk.” [ read more … ]


Looking for a Greener Way to Fly

By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

For the purposes of the tax breaks, the I.R.A. is clear on this subject. It considers an aviation fuel to be eligible for a tax credit if it produces no more than half the life-cycle emissions of conventional jet fuel. It even stipulates the methodology that should be used—a set of standards that goes by the acronym CORSIA—or something “similar.” According to CORSIA, one fuel that’s likely not eligible is corn ethanol. But the U.S. has a large and very powerful corn-ethanol industry. Together with airlines including United, the industry is trying to persuade the Treasury Department to use a different set of standards that would allow ethanol to qualify for the tax breaks, known as 40B and 45Z. (The credits are worth at least $1.25 a gallon, and potentially more.) [ read more … ]

Minnesota Farmers Union president bullish on sustainable aviation fuel

By Mark Dorenkam, Brownfield  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

“We met with some Delta (Airlines) officials and there’s really a lot of interest in that, and we’re looking forward to that. But it’s going to take a huge investment to get that off the ground, which has a lot of promise for farmers.” He says MFU would like farmers to have access as the sustainable aviation fuels industry grows. “Somehow we’re hoping we can get this structured a lot like our ethanol plants are now where farmer or community-owned, even locally owned in rural communities as we build this out. And there is a lot of potential there, we really need to have farmers and local people have part of it.” [ read more … ]

Private property rights get attention at Farmers Union meetings

By Carah Hart, Brownfield  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

“Our members across the Midwest are big biofuel supporters, including ethanol,” he says. “It’s really an issue centered around private property rights and companies who have mis-stepped and misjudged landowner concerns.” Larew says there are other ways to capture carbon that aren’t being discussed. [ read more … ]


What’s in and what’s out of the final NDAA package

By Andres Picon, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

The Senate took its first procedural step Thursday on the conference deal for the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, setting up a vote early next week on a massive policy measure packed with energy and climate provisions. The 82-15 vote followed weeks of negotiations among leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees that culminated late Wednesday when they released an $886 billion compromise bill. It rejects the most extreme Republican proposals against efforts to address climate change while empowering the Defense Department to make advancements in nuclear fuel production, mineral acquisition and environmental remediation. [ read more … ]


Pipeline politics await Biden in Michigan

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 10, 2023

resident Joe Biden has spent the past two years trying to sidestep pipeline politics. But a recent decision from Michigan promises to thrust the issue back onto the presidential campaign trail. The Michigan Public Service Commission last week approved a plan to encase a 70-year-old pipeline in an underground tunnel beneath the Great Lakes. Now, advocates are turning to the Biden administration in hopes of closing the pipeline known as Line 5 — presenting the president with a swing-state dilemma that cuts across his climate and economic agendas. [ read more … ]

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