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NEWS UPDATE August 6, 2019

Top Story

Trade

China Opens New Front in Trade War, Rattling Global Markets

By Alexandra Stevenson, Ana Swanson and Jeanna Smialek, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

Mr. Trump’s decision to impose more tariffs on Sept. 1 also prompted Chinese enterprises to stop making new purchases of American agricultural products, according China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, which called it a “serious violation” of an agreement reached in June between Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The moves signaled a new front in a year-long economic war as Beijing escalated the type of retaliation it was prepared to engage in as punishment for Mr. Trump’s trade policies. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump’s rollback of clean car rules goes to OMB for review

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency and NHTSA on Monday submitted its final rule to rollback fuel efficiency standards to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The move is the last step before the final rule is made public. [ read more … ]

Iowa’s Rural Voters Are The First To Have A Say, Which Holds Sway Over Candidates’ Policies

By Amy Mayer, NPR  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

“The joke always is, if you ask one person in Iowa or New Hampshire, ‘Have you decided on a candidate?’ ‘No I’ve only met them two or three times,’” University of Iowa political scientist Tim Hagle said.  [ read more … ]

Climate Could Be an Electoral Time Bomb, Republican Strategists Fear

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

When election time comes next year, Will Galloway, a student and Republican youth leader at Clemson University, will look for candidates who are strong on the mainstream conservative causes he cares about most, including gun rights and opposing abortion. But there is another issue high on his list of urgent concerns that is not on his party’s agenda: climate change. [ read more … ]

Is Green Plains a Buy?

By Maxx Chatsko, Motley Fool  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

America boasts the world’s largest ethanol production footprint in the world — and it’s not even close. The commodity is also mired in a prolonged slump. The last time ethanol prices topped $2 per gallon was December 2014. Before that, they hadn’t dipped below $1.50 per gallon since June 2005. The average monthly price through the first five months of 2019 was only $1.15 per gallon. [ read more … ]

The world will still thirst for fossil fuels in 2040

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

 Fossil fuels will still provide the vast majority of the world’s energy in 2040, according to new projections released by consultancy Wood Mackenzie, leaving the planet far short of the goals of the Paris climate agreement.  “The energy mix is not changing nearly as quickly as the world needs it to,” Wood Mackenzie president Neal Anderson wrote in an op-ed accompanying the report, released Friday. [ read more … ]

Report: Extreme heat may hurt farms and agriculture industry

By Christopher Walljasper, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 6, 2019

As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report. The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat indexes above 100 degrees across the Midwest, from an average of six days to as many as 30 days. [ read more … ]

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