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NEWS UPDATE August 15, 2019

Top Story

Ethanol Hits Five-Year Low as Stocks Rise

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

Futures prices for the corn-based fuel are trading at five-year lows after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exempted many small refineries from blending gasoline and diesel with ethanol. The Energy Information Administration forecast Wednesday that ethanol stockpiles are at 23.9 million barrels, up 4% from the same time last year and 17% since 2016. [ read more … ]


Grassley Can Only Lament EPA Small Refinery Waivers

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

Sen. Charles Grassley largely seemed resigned Tuesday as he complained about EPA granting 31 small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. “The bottom line is EPA is undermining congressional intent and the RFS and surely hurting farmers in Iowa and rural America,” Grassley said on a call with reporters Tuesday. [ read more … ]

EPA’s Granting Of 31 Hardship Waivers Leaves Sen. Grassley Skeptical

By Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

“Seems to me the bottom line is that EPA is undermining the congressional intent in the (Renewable Fuel Standard),” Grassley said, “and it’s surely hurting farmers in Iowa and rural America.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ethanol, agriculture coalition urges EPA to reconsider higher ethanol blend limits

By Biofuels International  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

A group of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organisations have appealed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review a recent rulemaking that would limit ethanol blending and restrict the use of blender pumps. Led by the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and National Farmers Union (NFU) in the US, the alliance has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals asking for a review of the limits. [ read more … ]

GM, Volkswagen Say Goodbye to Hybrid Vehicles

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

GM plans to launch 20 fully electric vehicles world-wide in the next four years, including plug-in models in the U.S. for the Chevy and Cadillac brands. Volkswagen has committed billions to producing more battery-powered models, including introducing a small plug-in SUV in the U.S. next year and an electric version of its minibus around 2022. “If I had a dollar more to invest, would I spend it on a hybrid? Or would I spend it on the answer that we all know is going to happen, and get there faster and better than anybody else?” GM President Mark Reuss said in an interview. [ read more … ]


Pete Buttigieg: To tackle challenges like climate change, unlock the potential of rural America

By Pete Buttigieg, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

Like my community, rural America has too often been treated as an afterthought — and it shows. Farm incomes have plummeted, casualties of a reckless trade war and increasing agricultural consolidation. Rural Americans today die younger than urban Americans. Opioid use is ravaging a generation, even as rural hospitals close — like Marshalltown’s maternity ward did last week — and there are fewer rural doctors to provide care. Parents wonder if their kids will have the opportunity to thrive where they grew up, and many young people have answered that question with a move away. [ read more … ]

Environmental advocates should take another look at biofuels

By Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.), The Hill  •    •  Posted August 15, 2019

The question of how best to address environmental challenges has increasingly become a partisan flashpoint. So, when there is a green solution on which many Republicans and Democrats see eye-to-eye, as we do, it’s worth paying attention. It’s time to take another look at biofuels. [ read more … ]

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