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NEWS UPDATE February 8, 2024

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EPA soot rule puts new pressure on fossil fuels

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

In a historic about-face, EPA has toughened one of its most far-reaching air pollution standards in a move expected to save thousands of lives and add to the long-term pressure for a shift away from fossil fuels. Under a final rule issued Wednesday morning, the agency chopped the annual exposure limit for the fine particles often dubbed soot for the first time in more than a decade. The stricter limit is “a game changer” that will “shape the world our children will inherit tomorrow,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan told reporters on a Tuesday call previewing his decision. [ read more … ]


California Dems cheer tough soot standard despite hurdles

By Sean Reilly, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

Democrats were mostly in unison Wednesday in cheering a landmark EPA crackdown of a sometimes lethal air pollutant. Noteworthy, however, was the response of California lawmakers because the state faces particular compliance hurdles. According to EPA’s own analysis, the Golden State faces by far the biggest challenge in meeting the more stringent soot standard. And yet some lawmakers not only cheered the rule, they argued it didn’t go far enough. [ read more … ]


Microsoft-Backed Clean Jet Fuel Startup Fires Up New CO2 Converter

By Michelle Ma, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

Climate technology startup Twelve took a major step towards producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on Thursday by launching its commercial-scale carbon transformation unit. The company will generate carbon credits for customers including Microsoft Corp. and Shopify Inc., in addition to producing clean jet fuel for Alaska Air Group Inc. Twelve is one of a number of emerging companies working on ways to transform captured CO2 into useful products. In the case of the Berkeley, California-based startup, its nascent technology will be critical to cleaning up one of the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors: aviation. [ read more … ]


RFA Releases 2023 Ethanol and Distillers Grains Export Reports

By RFA  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

According to new statistical reports released today by the Renewable Fuels Association, the value of the U.S. ethanol industry’s exports soared to a record level of just over $7.1 billion in 2023.  Ethanol export volumes strengthened to 1.43 billion gallons in 2023, the third-highest level on record. Meanwhile, distillers grains shipments registered at 10.8 million metric tons, slightly down from 2022. [ read more … ]


2024 Begins With More Record Heat Worldwide

By Raymond Zhong and Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

The exceptional warmth that first enveloped the planet last summer is continuing strong into 2024: Last month clocked in as the hottest January ever measured, the European Union climate monitor announced on Thursday. It was the hottest January on record for the oceans, too, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Sea surface temperatures were just slightly lower than in August 2023, the oceans’ warmest month on the books. And sea temperatures kept on climbing in the first few days of February, surpassing the daily records set last August. [ read more … ]


EPA targets 400 hires for climate, infrastructure laws in 2024

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 8, 2024

EPA is pushing to hire for hundreds of job openings this year as the agency strives to fulfill its expanded mandate under President Joe Biden’s trademark climate and infrastructure laws. The latest recruitment drive follows a successful hiring surge at the agency last year as historic funding arrive from the bipartisan infrastructure law and the Inflation Reduction Act. EPA’s work is only getting started, and it needs the staff to keep up as the Biden administration races to distribute billions of taxpayer dollars to disadvantaged communities and draft far-reaching regulations on air, climate and water. [ read more … ]

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