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NEWS UPDATE December 20, 2023

Top Story

US EPA sends Midwest ethanol expansion request to White House

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the White House to approve a rule that would allow expanded sales of higher-ethanol gasoline to be sold in certain Midwestern states, after governors from those states requested it. The request has been stalled after the oil industry warned the Biden administration that allowing E15, or gasoline with 15% ethanol, in select states would lead to supply chain issues and, therefore, higher gasoline prices. [ read more … ]


OMB reviewing E15 approval for Midwest

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has commenced review of EPA’s final rule allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) in Midwestern states, increasing the agency’s chances of meeting its March 28 target date for release of the rule as officials from the region press for action. [ read more … ]


Biofuels comeback will give West a rare energy win

By Lisa Jucca, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

A global drive to replace combustion engines with electric cars has threatened to undermine biofuels. In 2024, planes and ships will open a new avenue for propellants made from food and plant waste. That could offer a lifeline to fossil-fuel majors such as BP TotalEnergies and Eni – and benefit the West. Biofuels, derived from plant material or animal waste, can help fight global warming. Biodiesel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 75% compared to its fossil-fuel equivalent, the U.S. Department of Energy says. Oil players like Finnish pioneer Neste have been focusing on biofuels as a way to put their refining skills to a less polluting use. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

GOP presidential field generally opposes eminent domain for carbon pipelines

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

Republican presidential contenders are generally against using eminent domain to build carbon dioxide pipelines in Iowa, according to their public statements in recent months and information their campaigns have provided to the Iowa Capital Dispatch. The issue is a regional dispute that has gained wider attention as the candidates seek Iowans’ votes in the upcoming first-in-the-nation caucuses. [ read more … ]

Biden admin eyes carbon capture boost from old-growth forests

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

The Biden administration will seek to limit — but not eliminate — logging in old-growth areas as it looks to forests to help tame climate change. In a notice to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register, the Agriculture Department said it will direct national forests across the country to adopt an “adaptive strategy” to protect old-growth forests, which would include new restrictions on timber harvesting and other policies to encourage the evolution of mature forests into old-growth characteristics.
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Senate starts recess, punts debate on EPA air nominee

By Kevin Bogardus, Emma Dumain, Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead EPA’s air office will have to wait a few weeks longer for a confirmation vote. Joe Goffman, whose nomination has been in limbo for almost two years, was poised to be confirmed this week alongside a host of other picks before the chamber gaveled out for 2023. [ read more … ]


Canada says all cars and trucks must be zero emission by 2035, industry unhappy

By David Ljunggren, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

Canada on Tuesday released final regulations mandating that all passenger cars, SUVs, crossovers and light trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), part of the government’s overall plan to combat climate change. ZEVs must make up at least 20% of all cars sold by 2026 and at least 60% by 2030. Industry officials say electric vehicles (EVs) represented 12.1% of new vehicle sales in the third quarter of 2023. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said the regulations provided industry with the certainty it needed to address the issue of limited availability of EVs. [ read more … ]

US faces ‘adapter hell’ on way to a Tesla charging future

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 20, 2023

The emergence of Tesla’s Supercharger technology — once a perk reserved for Tesla owners — as a national model could influence EVs’ growth and how Americans experience e-fueling. Tesla’s chargers are considered more reliable than other products, a factor that could help alleviate range anxiety. However, the next few years may be an “adapter hell” as everyone — drivers, automakers, charging equipment providers, the federal government and states — navigate a confusing straddle between other systems and the new Tesla standard, according to Loren McDonald, an independent charging-network analyst at EVAdoption. [ read more … ]


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