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Ethanol, Agriculture Groups Press Lighthizer on Brazil Tariff

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Grain and ethanol interests in the United States have asked the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter on Thursday to suspend Brazil’s designated country status as a result of a 20% tariff on ethanol exports to Brazil. Representatives of the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy told Robert E. Lighthizer they intend to file a petition asking for a suspension of Brazil’s status in the Generalized System of Preferences.

Energy groups tout high percentages of veterans working in their industries

Source: By John Siciliano, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

“Millions of Americans will pay their respects to those who have served our country in uniform and defended our freedom,” said the Renewable Fuels Association, representing the ethanol industry. “What most Americans may not know, however, is that thousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry after leaving military service.”

Study: Cars can’t yet match electric vehicles on efficiency

Source: By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

If you want a gasoline engine that is greener than a fully electric vehicle, you’ll have to buy a car that’s a lot more fuel efficient than the one you’re probably driving now. A lot more fuel efficient. A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that gas-powered vehicles need to average 55.4 miles per gallon in the United States or 51.5 mpg worldwide in order to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a battery-electric vehicle.

Global CO2 rising after 3 flat years. A glitch or a problem?

Source: Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Global carbon dioxide emissions are on the rise again after three years of little to no growth, dashing hopes that they had peaked for good. According to the latest report from the Global Carbon Project, a group of scientists who track the amount of carbon emitted by human activity, 2017 will see a 2 percent increase in the burning of fossil fuels, after nearly no growth in 2014, 2015 or 2016. Altogether, human-caused emissions this year are projected to reach 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

Global Oil Demand to Withstand Rise of Electric Vehicles-IEA

Source: By Amanda Cooper, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Global oil demand will fall only modestly alongside the expected rise in electric vehicles over the next two decades, with consumption in petrochemicals and other transportation still growing, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday. Oil is already facing stiff competition from ever-cheaper and more environmentally friendly energy sources as traditional fossil fuel users switch to cleaner, low-carbon alternatives.

Fossil fuel pitch by White House gets grimaces at Bonn

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

American dignitaries are thick on the ground here at the U.N. climate talks, assuring a nervous global community that President Trump’s rhetoric about unleashing coal, and its emissions, is mostly talk. “Coal’s days are numbered; nobody questions that,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told an audience Saturday. One day earlier, he had pledged $50 million of his own funds to help accelerate phasing out coal globally.

Ethanol Industry Asks USTR to Suspend Brazil GSP Status

Source: By CINDY ZIMMERMAN, Ag Wired • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The U.S. ethanol industry is asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) due to “protectionist and market distorting actions in implementing a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) that affects imports of U.S. ethanol.” A letter was sent to Lighthizer this week, signed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the US Grains Council.

China Cracks the Door Open for US DDGS Exports

Source: By Mary Kennedy, DTN/Progressiver Farmer • Posted: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website that it would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11% value-added tax (VAT), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) reported Nov. 9. The announcement was made in a report of key areas of consensus between the United States and China during President Donald Trump’s official visit that week.

House and Senate to advance overhaul bills

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee this afternoon will begin what is expected to be a several-day markup on its tax package unveiled last week by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). It largely leaves key energy breaks enjoyed by renewables and fossil fuel producers intact, while also lowering corporate rates to 20 percent starting in 2019. The Senate bill is also notable for what’s not in it: extensions of a nuclear production tax credit and incentives for carbon capture and sequestration and biodiesel that enjoy bipartisan support. They could emerge during the markup.

Trump, still in search of energy dominance

Source: Peter Behr and Pamela King, E&E News reporters • Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017

The drivers for the current surge in U.S. fossil fuels are not Trump’s “America First” policies. Key factors are the decadelong fracking revolution; a bipartisan green light from Congress in 2015 permitting U.S. crude oil exports, ending a 40-year ban; a 2016 agreement among Russia, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC producers to push up crude oil prices with production curbs that put more U.S. production in the money; and big investments to upgrade the competitiveness of U.S. refinery exports. New liquefied natural gas terminals and pipeline infrastructure now coming online have also been years in the making.