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NEWS UPDATE February 7, 2024

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Thousands of Farmers Ask Biden Administration to Not Forget Biofuels in Electric-Vehicle Push

By Todd Neeley. Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

With the EPA set to release tailpipe emissions CAFE standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles for 2027 to 2032, thousands of farmers signed a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday asking the administration to consider the role of biofuels including ethanol in reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The letter from the National Corn Growers Association signed by more than 3,400 farmers from across the country expresses concern about the administration’s push on the electric-vehicle front. “While the use of electric vehicles is one tool in the nation’s toolkit for fighting climate change, consumers are not readily adopting this technology,” the letter said. [ read more … ]

Farmers Accuse Biden of Overlooking Biofuels in Race to EVs

By Ilena Peng and Kim Chipman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

The biggest US corn farmers’ group is urging the Biden administration to embrace biofuels in the push to reduce vehicle emissions rather than focusing mostly on electric cars. The National Corn Growers Association said the White House “may be overlooking the benefits of biofuels as it rushes to embrace electric vehicles,” according to a letter viewed by Bloomberg News that will be sent to President Joe Biden on Wednesday. “If we are going to address climate change and meet our climate goals, we are going to have to take a multi-pronged approach that includes tapping into higher levels of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, which offers an immediate climate solution.” [ read more … ]

Pollution

Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, for the first time in a decade. Business groups immediately objected, saying the new regulation could raise costs and hurt manufacturing jobs across the country. Public health organizations said the pollution rules would save lives and strengthen the economy by reducing hospitalizations and lost workdays. Fine particulate matter, which can include soot, can come from factories, power plants and other industrial facilities. It can penetrate the lungs and bloodstream and has been linked to serious health effects like asthma and heart and lung disease. Long-term exposure has been associated with premature deaths.
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Climate

Making Farming More Climate-Friendly Is Hard. Just Ask Europe’s Politicians.

By Somini Sengupta and Monika Pronczuk, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

The farmers’ protests in Europe are a harbinger of the next big political challenge in global climate action: How to grow food without further damaging Earth’s climate and biodiversity. On Tuesday, after weeks of intense protests in several cities across the continent, came the most explicit sign of that difficulty. The European Union’s top official, Ursula von der Leyen, abandoned an ambitious bill to reduce the use of chemical pesticides and softened the European Commission’s next raft of recommendationson cutting agricultural pollution. “We want to make sure that in this process, the farmers remain in the driving seat,” she said at the European Parliament. “Only if we achieve our climate and environmental goals together will farmers be able to continue to make a living.” [ read more … ]

SAF

Washington Bill Aims To Make SAF Available For Use In Private Jets

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

“Snohomish County is the global heart of aerospace manufacturing, which has been an important economic driver of the county for over 50 years,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said. “The continued success of aviation – and our economy more broadly – relies on transitioning to cleaner, more sustainable lines of business. Sen. Liias has been a champion for sustainable aviation fuels, and I am grateful for his continued efforts to help decarbonize aviation.”   [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

These industries pitched Chevron’s demise to a pro-business Supreme Court

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

Vape pen manufacturers. Meat and poultry producers. Fossil fuel behemoths. These are the types of companies that believe they have something to gain if the Supreme Court makes it harder for the government to legally defend its regulations. They may get their wish: The Supreme Court in January appeared receptive to conservative lawyers’ claims that expert agencies shouldn’t receive special weightin legal brawls over their rules. If the justices hand down a ruling to that effect later this year, it would be the latest in a long line of decisions by a Supreme Court that is increasingly deferential to corporations — and critical of federal regulators that attempt to rein them in. [ read more … ]

EVs

How Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Once in Hot Demand, Lost Its Luster

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

It was big enough to haul around his children and all their hockey gear. He’d never have to gas it up, and the ride was exhilarating. “It’s unbelievably fast and responsive,” said Mr. Puglia, a pediatric anesthesiologist in Ann Arbor, Mich. “The technology is amazing.” But as cooler weather arrived, the truck’s range — or how far it could travel before needing to be plugged in — dropped significantly. Once, after Mr. Puglia had driven 35 miles to an ice rink, his range fell by 73 miles. Another time, a 60-mile jaunt reduced his range by 110 miles. [ read more … ]

Biden’s EV Tax Credits Are a Ripe Target for Gutting If Trump Wins

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 7, 2024

It’s never been cheaper to buy an electric vehicle in the US, thanks largely to tax credits in President Joe Biden’s signature climate law worth $7,500 apiece. Those incentives may be on borrowed time.
Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans have made no secret of their animosity toward pro-EV policies. And the tax credits now helping underwrite many US electric vehicle purchases are top targets if Republicans win the White House or strengthen their grip on Capitol Hill in November. [ read more … ]

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