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NEWS UPDATE July 25, 2019

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Grassley slams EPA for overlooking DOE refinery recommendations

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

Grassley on Tuesday released a letter from Energy Secretary Rick Perry last week explaining the agency’s system for making recommendations to EPA on whether a refinery was suffering under the RFS. The letter notes that it sometimes recommends granting only a half waiver from the program, but that EPA has never done so. DOE also confirmed that it has on at least one occasion recommended no waiver, but EPA granted it anyway. To Grassley, this behavior is infuriating. “EPA is screwing around with the program to the detriment of agriculture and the ethanol industry,” Grassley told reporters Tuesday. “EPA needs to stop doing the bidding of big oil companies.” [ read more … ]

Grassley fumes at EPA ignoring DOE on ethanol waivers

BY Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

EPA has allowed at least one small petroleum refinery to temporarily sidestep biofuel blending requirements when the Energy Department didn’t agree with that decision, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley, the Senate’s leading advocate for ethanol, released a letter yesterday he received from Perry. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Global Analysis by Federal and State Scientists Pinpoints Gains In Corn Field Carbon Retention

By Clean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

“Up until now, crop residue cellulosic biofuel has been considered to be a very low carbon fuel.  However, this research indicates that its GHG intensity is significantly higher than thought, and while still capable of providing more than a 50% reduction compared to fossil fuel gasoline,  this research shows that traditionally managed first generation corn starch ethanol can provide the same reductions in terms of a lower greenhouse gas footprint.” [ read more … ]

Wisconsin in the middle of battle between ethanol producers and oil companies ahead of 2020

By Lawrence Andrea, Journal Sentinel  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

Wisconsin is in the middle of a battle between corn growers and oil companies seeking help from President Donald Trump as he looks to win over the swing state he secured in 2016.  Growth Energy, one of the country’s largest ethanol associations, is launching a 30-second television ad in Wisconsin and other states urging Trump to uphold ethanol mandates requiring oil refineries to mix ethanol into gasoline.  [ read more … ]

‘Gasolinegate’ report details EPA’s anti-ethanol collusion

By Lon Tonneson, Farm Progress  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

Emails obtained by FUE through the Freedom of Information Act provide a history of intentional inaccurate testing of fuels and calculations of emissions. The aim of the “fake tests” was to protect the petroleum industry’s octane boosting additives from being replaced by ethanol, according to Doug Sombke, a Colome, S.D., farmer, president of the South Dakota Farmers Union and FUE chairman. At the heart of FUE’s claim is a revolving door between the oil industry and EPA, Congress and other federal agencies. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of former industry officials have taken posts in the agency. That has allowed oil industry to write the rules and create the tests comparing ethanol and octane-boosting additives they process from crude oil. [ read more … ]

USDA Report Sees Dire Climate-Change Impact on U.S. Crops

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

Unchecked climate change could mean that the weather conditions hurting farmers this year will become increasingly common and result in higher costs for the federal government, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. The report, issued by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, found that if greenhouse gases are allowed to continue to increase, U.S. production of corn and soybeans—which are more susceptible to extreme heat during growing season—could decline as much as 80% in the next 60 years. [ read more … ]

Year-round E15 sales could spark major growth at Iowa gas stations

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

“For Iowa small-business owners competing against someone selling E15, the change will be immediate,” Carlson told The Gazette. “In this industry, street prices drive sales. The short-term impact of year-round E15 will hinge on whether the 10-cent advantage will put competing businesses who cannot sell E15 out of business. The long-term impacts remain to be seen.” [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: The Argument Is Over: ETHANOL IS THE BETTER FUEL!

By Marc J. Rauch, THE AUTO CHANNEL  •    •  Posted July 25, 2019

What makes this event so remarkable, in my opinion, is not that BP has suddenly decided to get into the ethanol and biofuel business (they’ve actually been involved with ethanol in Brazil since about 2008), it’s the wording that appears in the formal press release announcing the joint venture: “Ethanol is one of the most carbon-efficient biofuels available globally, with lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions around 70% lower than conventional hydrocarbon transport fuels (gasoline and diesel fuel).” “This is another large-scale example of BP’s commitment to play a leading role in a rapid transition to a low carbon future.”
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