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NEWS UPDATE August 16, 2019

Top Stories

Trade

China to counter latest U.S. tariffs as Trump vows deal on U.S. terms

By Susan Heavey and Makini Brice, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

China on Thursday vowed to counter the latest U.S. tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods but called on the United States to meet it halfway on a potential trade deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump said any pact would have to be on America’s terms. The Chinese finance ministry said in a statement that Washington’s tariffs, set to start next month, violated a consensus reached between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a June summit in Japan to resolve their disputes via negotiation. [ read more … ]

Iowa Farmers Stick With Trump Despite Trade War

By John McCormick and Jesse Naranjo, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

In and around the livestock barns, agriculture building and an antique-tractor collection at the Iowa State Fair in recent days, farmers almost universally expressed support for the president and pledged to vote for him in 2020. “He’s doing a good job and trying to make sure we’re treated fairly,” said Kevin Prevo, a fifth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs on about 1,400 acres near Bloomfield, Iowa. Mr. Prevo showed zero uncertainty when asked whether he would vote for Mr. Trump again in 2020. “You bet,” he said. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Perry: Dems live in a ‘fantasy world’ on climate change

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry accused Democratic presidential candidates of living in a “fantasy world” on their climate positions this week during an interview with Fox News. Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, Perry was asked about Democrats’ campaign rhetoric, including allegations by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that oil companies were guilty of “criminal activity” on climate change. [ read more … ]

The background and facts about that 12-year deadline for averting climate change

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

A host of Democratic presidential candidates have cited a specific time frame when the world would reach a point of no return on climate change — 12 years. “Science tells us that how we act or fail to act, in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet,” frontrunner Joe Biden said upon releasing his plan to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Jay Inslee, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke are among other candidates who have also used the 12-year framing. [ read more … ]

Policu & Politics

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO to Industry: Don’t Stand Quiet While Trump Administration Grants Exemptions

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

Speaking to ACE members earlier Thursday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, pressed the Trump administration to stand behind the RFS. “As the second-largest ethanol-producing state in the nation, President Trump’s approval of year-round E15 is a big win for Nebraska,” Ricketts said. “There is, however, still more work to do. While the EPA granted fewer small-refinery waivers to the RFS this year, the 1.4 billion gallons waived undermines the purpose of the RFS. To deliver on President Trump’s support for ethanol, the EPA should be more transparent about the waiver process and reallocate any waived gallons. They owe it to our farmers. “It’s not too much to ask that EPA actually follow the law.”
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Dems push more automakers to join Calif. fuel economy deal

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

A group of House Democrats is urging General Motors Co. and other leading automakers to join the four car manufacturers that have broken with the Trump administration and signed on to a deal with California to keep improving vehicle fuel economy. “It is obvious that the momentum, both domestic and international, is leading us toward cleaner and more efficient cars of the future,” Rep. Doris Matsui of California and seven other lawmakers said in a letter sent today to 14 companies, including GM, Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. “We urge all automakers to come to the table and work towards pragmatic solutions that will better protect the planet while preventing years of litigation and economic uncertainty.” [ read more … ]

EIA: Ethanol Stocks Up 3.5% on Week

By Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

EIA data shows ethanol stocks rose for the first time in five weeks in the PADD 2 Midwest producer region, up 217,000 bbl to 7.854 million bbl, an increase of 2.6% versus the same week last year. Ethanol inventory increased in the destination markets, with PADD 1 East Coast supply up for a second week, rising 82,000 bbl to 7.493 million bbl, 3.9% more than during the comparable week a year ago. PADD 3 Gulf Coast inventory added 128,000 bbl last week to 5.049 million bbl, down 3.8% compared with last year, while PADD 5 West Coast stockpiles rose 339,000 bbl to 3.137 million bbl, 24% above year ago. [ read more … ]

Study: Fracking responsible for rising methane levels in atmosphere

By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

Rising levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere have been linked to emissions from the shale oil and natural gas industry, a new study from Cornell University reveals. In a study published this morning in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences, Cornell University Ecology Professor Robert Howarth reported that an analysis of the methane found in the Earth’s atmosphere has chemical fingerprints that point to shale, an industry which uses horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to unlock oil and natural gas in tight geological formations. [ read more … ]

Energy Experts, Environmental Advocates Urge Pumping Brakes On Ethanol

By Becca Costello, NET News  •    •  Posted August 16, 2019

Nebraska ranks second in the nation for ethanol production. But Nebraskans disagree on whether ethanol is an environmentally-friendly option at the gas pump. “There’s a lot of contention, whether ethanol is good for the environment, and there’s a lot of argument in both the public sector but also in the academic and scientific sector.” says F. John Hay, a renewable energy extension educator at the University of Nebraska. “And there’s actually good research studies on both sides of that argument.”  [ read more … ]

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