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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE July 26, 2019

Top Stories

Vehicle Efficiency Standards

Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California

By Coral Davenport and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

Four of the world’s largest automakers, including the Ford Motor Company, have struck a deal with California to reduce tailpipe pollution, in a setback to the Trump administration as it prepares to weaken national emissions standards and revoke states’ rights to set their own such rules. While Trump administration officials in the White House and Environmental Protection Agency have been working on a plan to drastically weaken Obama-era rules on planet-warming vehicle pollution, four automakers — Ford, Honda, Volkswagen Group of America and BMW of North America — have been holding secretive talks in Sacramento on a plan to move forward with the standards in California, the nation’s largest auto market. And on Thursday, Gavin Newsom, the governor of California said he was “very confident” that more automakers would join the deal in the coming days. [ read more … ]

Automakers rebuff Trump, strike fuel efficiency deal with California

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

The proposed rollback from the Trump administration has set up a clash with California which, for decades, has been allowed to create its own stricter standard that has in turn been adopted by other states.The deal between the California Air Resources Board and Honda, Volkswagen, Ford and BMW of North America gives the companies an extra year to meet standards that are nearly as ambitious as those developed under former President Obama, designed to end the dueling federal and state fuel standards. [ read more … ]

Automakers buck Trump, sign fuel economy deal with Calif.

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

In a sharp rebuke to President Trump, four major automakers have struck a deal with California to increase the fuel efficiency of their cars and light trucks in the coming years. The remarkable compromise between the California Air Resources Board and the four automakers — Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Volkswagen AG and BMW of North America — stands to undercut the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era clean car standards. [ read more … ]

SREs

DOE confirms EPA ignored recommendations on SRE applications

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed at least one instance in which the U.S. EPA approved a small refinery exemption (SRE) application despite DOE analysis that determined the refinery faced no disproportionate economic hardship due to compliance with its Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. The DOE made the statement in a July 19 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April asking for clarity on the DOE’s review process concerning SRE applications. Under statute, the DOE reviews SRE applications and provides recommendations to the EPA.
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Policy & Politics

California Governor talks ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

California will look seriously at transitioning from fossil fuels, though the shift won’t happen quickly, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said yesterday near the site of a Chevron Corp. oil spill. After visiting the energy firm’s Cymric Oil Field in Kern County, Newsom noted the state put $1.5 million in its latest budget to study how to cut fossil fuel use. “This is an economy that built this state, parts of this state are dependent on it,” Newsom said in a video published by BakersfieldNow. “And I want to begin to transition, but I want to do it thoughtfully, and I want to paint a picture of what that transition looks like. [ read more … ]

The EPA After Pruitt

By AgWeb  •    •  Posted July 26, 2019

When Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General, resigned his position as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early July of 2018 under the cloud of several ethics scandals, many supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry hoped that his departure would signal the emergence of a more friendly attitude toward their industry, especially in EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and related policies. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.