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NEWS UPDATE July 22, 2019

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Refiners: Cutting ethanol mandate won’t hurt corn farmers

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

Eliminating federal biofuel mandates wouldn’t be the disaster for corn farmers that ethanol advocates predict, a study commissioned by petroleum refiners said. The study by Energy Ventures Analysis found that doing away with the renewable fuel standard would reduce the percentage of biofuel in gasoline by less than 1 percentage point by 2025, from 10.8% to 10.3%. Because ethanol is cheaper to produce than gasoline, refineries would use it even without a mandate, according to the study. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Energy dollars fueling presidential contest

By Timothy Cama and Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

President Trump got big help in his reelection campaign with contributions from top executives in the fossil fuel industry. An E&E News analysis of records that Trump’s 2020 campaign and the Trump Victory joint fundraising committee submitted to the Federal Election Commission show that oil and natural gas executives were some of the largest contributors to the president during the quarter that ran from April through June.
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These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They’re Proposing.

BY GEORGINA GUSTIN, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

The Democratic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden, proposed an unusual nugget of farm-centric climate policy this week: “Soil is the next frontier for storing carbon.” It popped up during a swing through Iowa, where the Biden campaign became the latest in the crowded Democratic contest to release a policy proposal aimed at reinvigorating rural America. Biden’s rural agenda includes one of the more ambitious climate-related goals for American farmers of any contender for the Democratic nomination. It promises to “ensure our agricultural sector is the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, and that our farmers earn income as we meet this milestone.” 
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Ag economist calls current crop conditions “worst since 2012”

By Rhiannon Branch, Brownfield  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

With more than 20 million US corn and soybean acres in poor or very poor condition, a Farm Bureau economist says this year’s crop conditions are the worst since the drought of 2012.
“From the road you might see a field that looks pretty good, but once you get inside of it you can see the unevenness and I think that is what is being reflected in these conditions reports.” [ read more … ]

Refiners: Cutting ethanol mandate won’t hurt corn farmers

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

Eliminating federal biofuel mandates wouldn’t be the disaster for corn farmers that ethanol advocates predict, a study commissioned by petroleum refiners said. The study by Energy Ventures Analysis found that doing away with the renewable fuel standard would reduce the percentage of biofuel in gasoline by less than 1 percentage point by 2025, from 10.8% to 10.3%. Because ethanol is cheaper to produce than gasoline, refineries would use it even without a mandate, according to the study. [ read more … ]

Five Carbon Capture Techniques That Could Help Mitigate Global Warming

By Michael Belfiore, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that warding off catastrophic global warming requires actively removing 100 billion to 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by midcentury. “We have to create an industry equivalent to the oil and gas industry whose job it is to undo emissions,” says Julio Friedmann, chief executive officer of Carbon Wrangler LLC and a senior research scholar at Columbia University. Here are some of the most promising demo-ready projects trying to do just that. [ read more … ]

First shipment of ETBE made with US ethanol arrives in Japan

By U.S. Grains Council  •    •  Posted July 22, 2019

The first shipment of ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) made with U.S. corn-based ethanol arrived in Japan last week, marking the country’s new demand for U.S. ethanol-based products and a milestone in U.S. ethanol market development efforts. The sale of ETBE, a gasoline component, was made following a policy change by the Japanese government recognizing the positive greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits. The shift allows for U.S. corn-based ethanol to be eligible for production of ETBE brought into Japan, in addition to sugarcane-based ethanol. [ read more … ]

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