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NEWS UPDATE August 1, 2019

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5 key moments from the Democratic debates

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the most outspoken critic of the fossil fuel industry. “We’ve got to ask ourselves a simple question: What do you do with an industry that knowingly, for billions of dollars in short-term profits, is destroying this planet? I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed to continue,” Sanders declared on the debate’s first night. [ read more … ]

2020 Democrats are getting more confrontational with the fossil fuel industry

By Umair Irfan, Vox  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

“We have got to be super aggressive if we love our children and if we want to leave them a planet that is healthy and is habitable,” Sanders said. “What that means is we got to take on the fossil fuel industry.” Other 2020 candidates are also confronting major greenhouse gas emitters — and pushing for policies to hold them accountable. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed targeting carbon dioxide emitters directly with a carbon pollution fee. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change-related damage. Former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to “take action against fossil fuel companies.” [ read more … ]

Trade

China sees intensive contact with U.S. this month ahead of September trade talks – Reuters

By Stella Qiu, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

China and the United States can find a solution to trade issues if both sides’ concerns are taken into consideration, Gao said, reiterating past comments from Beijing. Two people familiar with the latest talks said they focused largely on goodwill gestures including Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans, pork, ethanol and other commodities, and U.S. moves to relax restrictions on sales to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The month-long delay until the next meeting gives both sides time to take action on these commitments, the Washington-based sources said. [ read more … ]

U.S.-China Trade Talks End With No Deal in Sight

By Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

The meeting marked the first formal resumption of talks after negotiations fell apart almost three months ago, with each side pointing fingers at the other for derailing a deal. They agreed to try again after meeting last month on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan. Instead, both sides appear to be settling in for a lengthy economic conflict. [ read more … ]

U.S., China to keep talking on trade, progress elusive in Shanghai meeting

By Brenda Goh, David Stanway, Yilei Sun, Engen Tham, and Josh Horwitz, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a round of trade talks on Wednesday without visible signs of progress and put off their next meeting until September, extending an uneasy truce between the world’s two largest economies for at least a month. With hopes for a quick trade agreement receding, both sides issued brief statements after the first face-to-face meetings since U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in June called a ceasefire in the escalating trade war. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ethanol industry wants to revive case on RFS exemptions

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

The ethanol industry wants to rekindle a legal fight to force EPA to change how it lets petroleum refineries avoid their renewable fuel standard requirements. The Renewable Fuels Association and other groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to resume proceedings on a challenge they had filed last year, and which the court had agreed to put aside while EPA responded to the industry’s demands. [ read more … ]

Biofuels, Agriculture Groups Petition Appeals Court on Small-Refinery Waivers

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

Several biofuels and agriculture interest groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday to move forward on a lawsuit filed more than one year ago challenging the EPA’s issuance of small-refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The petition filed by Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the National Farmers Union, comes on the same day the agency is holding a hearing on the latest RFS volumes proposal. [ read more … ]

Biofuels Industry Calls on Agency to Account for Lost RFS Gallons

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 1, 2019

The proposal would set overall RFS volumes at 20.04 billion gallons in 2020. Cellulosic ethanol volumes would increase from 420 million gallons in 2019 to 540 million in 2020. The advanced biofuels category, which also includes biomass-based diesel, would grow from 4.92 billion gallons to 5.04 billion gallons — accounting for the growth in cellulosic ethanol. Despite potential for far more growth in biodiesel, EPA proposes leaving biomass-based diesel’s volume at 2.43 billion gallons in 2021, which is the same as 2020. [ read more … ]

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