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Fuel Prices Rise For 12th Day; Petrol Costs Rs 90.58 in Delhi, Diesel Soars to Rs 80.97. Check Rates Here

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Petrol and diesel prices continued to soar to new highs after continuous rise in fuel rates for the 12th consecutive day on Saturday, February 20.

Day after crossing the Rs 90 mark, petrol prices in Delhi rose to Rs 90.58 per litre with an increase of 39 paise. While diesel prices soared to Rs 80.97 per litre with a hike of 37 paise over the previous day’s rate, reported India TV.

Over the last 12 days, petrol prices have gone up by a total of Rs 3.64 per litre while the diesel rates have risen by Rs 4.18 a litre in the national capital region. In Noida, the price for petrol rose to Rs 88.92 per litre while diesel rates went up to Rs 81.41 per litre.

Petrol prices in Mumbai surpassed the Rs 97 per litre mark with a hike of 38 paise while diesel rose to Rs 87.06 per litre after an increase of 39 paise.

In Kolkata, the price of petrol rose to Rs 91.78 per litre while diesel now costs Rs 84.56 per litre. Petrol prices in Chennai, too, went up to Rs 92.59 per litre while diesel started to retail at Rs 85.98 per litre.

Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, petrol prices rose to Rs 93.67 per litre after a hike of Rs 1.30 while diesel rates reached Rs 85.84 with an increase of 10 paise.



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Airline CEOs, Biden Officials Consider Green-Fuel Breaks

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Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels.

The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion.

United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum.

A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on aircraft rather than create breaks for biofuels.

Biofuels are false solutions that dont decarbonize air travel, said Clare Lakewood, a climate-law official with the Center for Biological Diversity. Real action on aircraft emissions requires phasing out dirty, aging aircraft, maximizing operational efficiencies and funding the rapid development of electrification.

Airplanes account for a small portion of emissions that cause climate change about 2% to 3% but their share has been growing rapidly and is expected to roughly triple by mid-century with the global growth in travel.

The airline trade group says U.S. carriers have more than doubled the fuel efficiency of their fleets since 1978 and plan further reductions in carbon emissions. But the independent International Council on Clean Transportation says passenger traffic is growing nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency, leading to a 33% increase in emissions between 2013 and 2019.

The U.S. accounts for about 23% of aircraft carbon-dioxide emissions, followed by Europe at 19% and China at 13%, the transportation group’s researchers estimated.

The White House said McCarthy, Buttigieg and economic adviser Brian Deese were grateful and optimistic to hear the airline CEOs talk about current and future efforts to combat climate change.

Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, said the exchange was positive.

Airlines are ready, willing and able partners, and we want to be part of the solution” to climate change, Calio said in a statement. We stand ready to work in partnership with the Biden administration.

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