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NEWS UPDATE August 19, 2019

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Trump intervention triggered EPA’s surprise biofuel waiver decision: sources

By Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 19, 2019

A phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump last week ended a nearly two-month-long review of the nation’s biofuels program, three sources familiar with the matter said, with the White House siding in favor of oil refiners over corn growers. Trump gave Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the green light for the regulator to announce it had granted 31 small refinery exemptions out of the 40 applications, saying he wanted the issue off his desk, the sources said. [ read more … ]

Grassley says EPA ‘screwed’ farmers with biofuels exemptions

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 19, 2019

Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were “screwed” by the Trump administration’s decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. During a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program Friday, Grassley was asked his thoughts on 31 refinery exemptions the Environmental Protection Agency issued for 2018 and approved after a review last week. He responded: “They screwed us. [ read more … ]

Report: Trump Ordered Waivers

By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter and Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted August 19, 2019

At this juncture, the ethanol industry is down to convincing courts that the EPA’s actions are unlawful. There are a number of court cases challenging the agency. The president sided with oil refiners over ethanol producers and corn farmers, just two months after reiterating his support for ethanol at a rally held at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate the approval of year-round E15 sales. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

RFS waivers by Trump’s EPA push World Energy to close 3 plants

  •    •  Posted August 18, 2019

World Energy, one of the largest and longest-serving low-carbon fuel suppliers in North America, announced Aug. 16 that due to the Aug. 9 decision by the U.S. EPA to grant 31 small refinery waivers from the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard to oil companies, the company will immediately cease production and furlough employees at its Rome, Georgia, Natchez, Mississippi, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, facilities. World Energy will maintain essential staffing at these facilities to support maintenance and safety operations to keep the plants in a warm shutdown mode pending improved market conditions. [ read more … ]

In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

BY GEORGINA GUSTIN, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted August 19, 2019

Of the two dozen candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump next year, at least eight have released rural policy platforms. Three—Sens. Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand—rolled out their platforms just before the fair. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, released his this week. “Climate change is not happening in a hundred years, it’s happening right now,” Klobuchar told a crowd in a 20-minute stump speech. “We can do a lot with soil and conservation.” [ read more … ]

Ricketts urges EPA to strengthen Renewable Fuels commitment

By NETV  •    •  Posted August 19, 2019

“As the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation, President Trump’s approval of year-round E15 is a big win for Nebraska. 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,” said Ricketts. “They owe it to our farmers.” [ read more … ]

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