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CA biofuels project will test industrys green promises [Video]

STORY: On paper, the planned revamp of this Rodeo, California, plant seems promising. Instead of processing crude oil into traditional gasoline and diesel, the facility will begin turning things such as used cooking oil, soybean oil, and beef fat into renewable diesel, which can fuel heavy-duty trucks.And Phillips 66 has bragged that the change will slash greenhouse gas emissions from the site in half. But skeptics say the plan, called Rodeo Renewed, might instead see little change in emissions and swap out one set of risks to the local air and environment for another package of possible problems.The Phillips 66 facility, across the bay from San Francisco, is a test case for similar efforts efforts worldwide, and it’s yet to be seen whether it’s a model, or a cautionary tale.Jolie Rhinehart is the general manager of the refinery.After we complete our Rodeo Renewed facility conversion and convert our facility into renewables, we will no longer process crude oil. And so all of our historical operations again have been based on processing and refining crude oil into transportation fuels. After our facility conversion, we will no longer process crude oil.The company says the changeover will cut the number of regulated pollutants emitted from the facility, and the switch to renewable diesel will mean more trucks burning cleaner fuel across the country.”Heavy-haul trucking is a vital aspect to our way of life in this country and in this world. And renewable diesel is the lowest emission way to fuel that energy that we need to keep our trucks moving.But the company’s claim that it will cut greenhouse gases in half doesn’t match emissions estimates published by county regulators, which shows a one percent reduction, according to a Reuters analysis of the data.The county data encompassed the overall facility, including pollution from increased hydrogen use and changes in transportation to the plant. And in changing to renewable diesel, the facility will need to bring in more fuel stocks by rail and boat, potentially raising the risk of leaks or spills. And some researchers say that the emissions produced in raising and harvesting the soy and beef needed to create renewable diesel offset those saved by moving away from petroleum.Mark Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.I expect to see no improvement whatsoever. You’ll just get a different set of chemicals coming out of the refineries compared with the traditional refineries of diesel and gasoline.The results will be closely watched. Several dozen new U.S. renewable diesel plants are planned and production capacity could triple by 2026 according to biofuels consultancy Stratas Advisors.The community here has long lived with the fallout from the refinery operations. Maureen Brennan is a resident and a member of Rodeo’s air monitoring committee.I’ve been a clinical lab scientist for 45 years and in the public health realm a lot. And I think that’s partly why I’m fascinated by what’s going on here and saddened as well. It’s a toxic soup that we live in every day. And no one’s… We’re basically a disposable community here.Whether a switch to renewable diesel will mean cleaner air or less emissions is left to be seen, but those who will feel it first are likely to be those living here.”So there’s a lot of unknowns here because they have not been open with us about what the feedstock will be. So unknown feedstock, unknown effects. So we’re in a place where we just don’t know what’s going to happen here.

Climate Change News

Climate scientists issue ‘survival guide’ for humanity | ABC News [Video]

There’s still a chance to prevent a climate disaster, but the window for action is closing fast. That’s the assessment of the world’s top scientists in the latest UN Climate Report.Subscribe: Read more here: United Nations wants wealthy countries to bring forward their net zero plans, and that means Australia faces some tough choices.ABC News provides around the clock coverage of news events as they break in Australia and abroad, including the latest coronavirus pandemic updates. It’s news when you want it, from Australia’s most trusted news organisation.For more from ABC News, click here: more ABC News content ad-free on ABC iview: deeper on our ABC News In-depth channel: ABC News on Facebook: ABC News on Instagram: ABC News on Twitter: In most cases, our captions are auto-generated.#ABCNews #ABCNewsAustralia

Solar Energy News

Letter: Nothing in article about Delta embracing sustainable aviation fuel reflected a major change [Video]

The first thing I do when I see a headline that reads like a press release crafted by a corporation is to search for a quote or analysis by an independent expert. I must therefore sadly report that the Tribune article, Delta embraces sustainable aviation fuel in its net-zero pursuit, contained no disinterested opinion or analysis.

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California heat wave breaks as tropical storm brings wind and rain [Video]

Special Report: Tropical Storm Kay 14:01 Parts of Southern California were lashed by severe winds from a tropical storm Friday that brought high humidity, rain and possible flooding to the parched region but also the promise of cooler temperatures after a 10-day heat wave that nearly overwhelmed the state‚Äôs electrical grid. Firefighters had feared powerful […]

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Video: How evangelical leaders are citing the Bible to combat climate change [Video]

Some evangelicals have started using the Bible to justify their fight against climate change, while others say climate change is nothing new. CNN’s Rene Marsh reports on the divide among people of faith on environmental activism.