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U.S. must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals -White House

Reuters | June 8, 2021

Securing enough copper, lithium and other raw materials to make EV batteries is a major obstacle to Biden’s aggressive EV adoption plans, with domestic mines facing extensive regulatory hurdles and environmental opposition. The White House acknowledged China’s role as the world’s largest processor of EV metals and said it would expand efforts to lessen that dependency… “To secure a reliable, sustainable supply of critical minerals and materials, the United States must work with allies and partners to diversify supply chains away from adversarial nations and sources with unacceptable environmental and labor standards,” it said in a statement… The White House also said the Department of the Interior and others agencies will work to identify gaps in mine permitting laws to ensure any new production “meets strong standards” in terms of both the environment and community input.


Toyota unveils hydrogen-burning engine plan to fight EV mania

Automotive News | May 30, 2021

Toyota debuted a new hydrogen-burning engine it says holds big potential for the company, the industry and for global carbon neutrality goals….”The ultimate goal is carbon neutrality,” Toyoda said after completing the Fuji Super Tec 24-hour endurance race, where he rotated behind the wheel with five other drivers. “It shouldn’t be about rejecting hybrids and gasoline cars and only selling fuel cells and battery-electric cars. We want to expand the choices available in the path to carbon neutrality. This is the first step.” …Toyota Motor Corp. is opening a new front in the war on greenhouse gas emissions. Toyota believes technological breakthroughs, such as this one, can give internal combustion a new lease on life — saving jobs as well as the environment. It is a debate over the best road to net-zero carbon, with a pushback against government mandates that reflexively phase out internal combustion in favor of EVs.


Senate Republicans Threaten to Cut Funding for Minnesota State Parks, Environmental Programs Over ‘Clean Cars’ Rule

Minneapolis Star Tribune | May 5, 2021

There has been stiff pushback on the proposal, including from the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, which unsuccessfully sued over it. Dealers could take tremendous losses after being saddled with thousands of unpopular vehicles they can’t sell, said Scott Lambert, president of the association. “The MPCA has been dismissive of our concerns from the start,” Lambert said. “They will not meet with us.”


SoCalGas Announces Plans to Convert 200 New Field Service Trucks to Run on Renewable Natural Gas

SoCalGas | April 22, 2021

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it will convert 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas (RNG) – a renewable form of energy produced from a variety of waste streams. The service trucks will be outfitted with the newest Landi Renzo Eco Ready™ equipment, a California Air Resource Board certified ultra-low emissions vehicles system. Equipping these 200 service vehicles to run on RNG is expected to reduce over 2,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year which is equivalent to removing 1,800 passenger vehicles from our roads for one year. With the addition of these 200 new net-zero emissions service trucks, nearly 40 percent of SoCalGas’ service vehicles will run on clean fuels.


Pedal to the Metals: Are There Limits to the Supply of EV Batteries?

ARC Energy Research Institute | March 16, 2021

Simon Moores, Managing Director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence identifies the challenges with Graphite: What is driving the increase in lithium, cobalt, and nickel prices today? Are there new mineral mines coming? Are auto manufactures considering the battery supply chain in their ambitious growth plans? What about the geopolitics of battery production and minerals?


Electric Vehicle Mandate Is Bad Economics. Here’s Why

NJ Daily Record | February 23, 2021

In yet another misguided attempt to make the Garden State “greener,” the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently proposed a regulatory rule that would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Constituents and consumers alike should be wary of this clumsy attempt by policymakers to plant New Jersey’s flag as the preeminent supporter of electric vehicles.


California Dreaming and Scheming: Why California’s Electric Vehicle Mandate Should Not be Adopted Elsewhere

RealClear Energy | February 22, 2021

There appears to be a race on for the title of who can do the most to combat climate change. Immediately since taking office, President Biden announced he would re-join the Paris Climate Accords among other policies. Among the most troublesome Executive Orders: direct government procurement to support “clean and zero-emission vehicles for Federal, State, local, and Tribal government fleets, including vehicles of the United States Postal Service.” Influencing this order was California’s policy on electric vehicles. Between government mandates and subsidies, however, there is a lot of money at stake.


Walz’s Strategy for EVs Could Leave Dealers Stranded with Models

RealClear Energy | February 22, 2021

There appears to be a race on for the title of who can do the most to combat climate change. Immediately since taking office, President Biden announced he would re-join the Paris Climate Accords among other policies. Among the most troublesome Executive Orders: direct government procurement to support “clean and zero-emission vehicles for Federal, State, local, and Tribal government fleets, including vehicles of the United States Postal Service.” Influencing this order was California’s policy on electric vehicles. Between government mandates and subsidies, however, there is a lot of money at stake.


Exclusive: Amazon orders hundreds of trucks that run on natural gas

Reuters | February 05, 2021

Amazon is excited about introducing new sustainable solutions for freight transportation and is working on testing a number of new vehicle types including electric, CNG and others,” the company said in a statement. Amazon has ordered more than 700 compressed natural gas class 6 and class 8 trucks so far, according to the company.


NJ’s Consumers Will Pay the Price for a Proposed Electric Vehicle Mandate

Asbury Park Press | January 8, 2021

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently proposed a regulation that would ban gas car sales in the state by 2035 in an effort to spur electric vehicle adoption. The DEP suggests that an increased electric vehicle fleet will allow the state to reach its goal of reducing 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, but many residents in New Jersey would unfortunately pay a hefty price for this flawed proposal.


The Short-Sighted Rush to Forced EV Adoption

RealClear Energy | December 4, 2020

With a Biden Administration set to take office in just over two months, Americans can expect to see some aggressive climate proposals coming out of the White House. But several of these proposals – whose impact on consumers and the economy are unknown– are coming from politicians outside the Oval Office.


Ag Retailers: Zero-Emission Truck Plan Could ‘Devastate’ Agriculture

Freight Waves | November 17, 2020

An environmental policy promoted by Democratic lawmakers to effectively ban internal combustion engines (ICEs) for heavy-duty trucks by 2040 would be a major economic blow to agribusiness by causing dramatic decreases in ethanol, biodiesel and corn prices, according to a new report.


California’s Energy Dreamin’

RealClear Energy | October 23, 2020

Flanked by four expensive electric vehicles, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the signing of a new executive order. He promised this action would bring “an abundance of new choices and new technologies” and then proceeded to break some news.


On Tax Credits for EVs, Consumers Pay the Price, but Few Experience the Benefits

Morning Consult | February 11, 2020

While utilities, along with federal and state governments, are eager to usher in a new era of electrification, we cannot continue to sacrifice the rights of consumers to provide benefits that only a privileged few are able to enjoy.


Tesla’s Earnings Show Why Transportation Funding Should Go To Roads, Not EV Subsidies

Forbes | February 8, 2020

On several past occasions, I’ve written about the need for the federal government to raise the gas tax. This tax is basically a user fee that enables drivers to help pay their share of funding the building and maintenance of the nation’s systems of roads. Yet, it has remained at the same level for more than a quarter of a century now, even as our country’s backlog of desperately-needed infrastructure projects has skyrocketed.


Tesla’s Earnings Show Why Transportation Funding Should Go To Roads, Not EV Subsidies

E&E News | January 23, 2020

Hybrids largely beat out all-electrics in a new ranking of the most “environmentally friendly” cars, even as some automakers signal a turn away from hybrids for the future of their business. The scorecard, published yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that of the 12 cars that produced the least greenhouse gas emissions, nine of them were hybrids, compared to three all-electric models. Hybrids also constituted four of the top five vehicles on the list.