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NEWS UPDATE January 3, 2024

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DeSantis: Eminent domain needed in pipeline projects like Keystone

By ROBIN OPSAHL, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

Though the question did not mention carbon dioxide pipelines directly, the role of eminent domain in Iowa projects has been a highly divisive topic across the political spectrum. Two pipeline projects are still pending while a third project failed following difficulties with government procedures. Final arguments in the Summit Carbon Solutions project are due Jan. 19. The Iowa Utilities Board will decide whether to approve the company’s use of eminent domain for land easements along the proposed route. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

DOE docs: Carbon removal proposal bets on rare nuclear reactors

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

A climate technology startup aims to suck carbon from the atmosphere using a new type of nuclear power plant that’s never been built in the United States. The use of so-called small modular reactors could provide a steady supply of electricity that’s free of climate pollution to a major carbon removal facility planned in Wyoming, according to Energy Department documents obtained by POLITICO’s E&E News. But some experts worry that relying on a novel nuclear plants could jeopardize the development of a federally funded proposal to develop direct air capture, an emerging industry that uses fans, filters, heat and piping to siphon carbon dioxide from the sky.
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Energy & Climate Policy

Brace yourself for a blockbuster year on energy and climate

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

Big legislation on energy and permitting isn’t likely in a divided Congress during an election year, but insiders caution that surprises are always possible. And major cases pending in the courts this year could dramatically change the landscape on climate and the environment. This year is “a political year,” said Frank Maisano, a senior principal at Bracewell. “The first half is the only time when you can get anything substantive done before — as [former House Energy and Commerce Chair] John Dingell always used to say — ‘The silly season kicks in.’” [ read more … ]

Proposed Vehicle Efficiency Rule

Amid ‘mandate’ fight, EDF finds battery EVs not needed for EPA auto rule

By Doug Obey, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is sharpening claims that EPA’s light- and medium-duty vehicle emissions proposal is flexible enough to allow multiple compliance strategies, flagging analysis that industry could even comply with the requirements without any battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales. The new EDF analysis builds on the group’s prior comments that highlighted automakers’ ability to choose multiple compliance strategies. [ read more … ]

SAF

Uncertainty on SAF tax subsidy remains as agencies update carbon calculations

By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

The Biden administration has taken a major step toward allowing ag commodities to qualify for a new tax subsidy for sustainable aviation fuel, but key details that affect the eligibility of oilseeds and corn ethanol as feedstocks still need to be clarified. [ read more … ]

Markets

4 oil and gas issues to watch in 2024

By Shelby Webb, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

In a December note, S&P Global analysts said that record American oil and gas output has created a “new equilibrium” in international markets that tilts power away from OPEC+. S&P Vice President and head of research for oil markets and energy Jim Burkhard said OPEC+’s supply management keeps prices from falling below a certain threshold, while supercharged U.S. production has helped keep prices from surging too high. [ read more … ]

EPA

Regan to speak at environmental journalists conference

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2024

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is set to speak to a press organization that has been a persistent critic of his agency throughout administrations. The Society of Environmental Journalists announced Tuesday that Regan will deliver the keynote address for its annual conference in Philadelphia in April. He will also take part in a question-and-answer session with journalists. [ read more … ]

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