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NEWS UPDATE September 10, 2019

Top Story

Ethanol Advocate & Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle Meets with Farmers Union Members in D.C.

By Karla Hofhenke, South Dakota Farmers Union  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

 “It’s a critical time, not only for agriculture, but for rural America,” said Daschle, calling hardship waivers granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oil refineries, including Exxon Mobile and Chevron (85 since 2016) as “the most devastating thing to happen to ethanol in the last 40 years.” The solution, Daschle said is found in opening the market to higher ethanol blends. “There is absolutely no better solution in doing exactly that, than E30,” said Daschle of the high-octane, low-carbon renewable fuel. “The path forward involves, remaining determined to reduce all regulatory barriers that exist, to allow ethanol to play in the free market – to allow it to do what it is meant to do. [ read more … ]

Trade

U.S. Grains Council targets rest of Asia for ethanol sales as tariffs shut out China – Reuters

By Florence Tan, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

The U.S. Grains Council has stepped up efforts to drum up demand for its ethanol exports across Asia, its officials said, after former top customer China imposed steep import tariffs on the fuel amid the Sino-U.S. trade war, shutting out sales. Council representatives took a booth for the first time at the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC), the largest oil industry gathering in Asia, to promote blending the renewable fuel with gasoline.
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Car Rule

Schwarzenegger: Trump’s Calif. proposal is ‘un-American’

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger is blasting the Trump administration for challenging California’s ability to regulate planet-warming pollution from automobiles. In an opinion piece yesterday in The Washington Post, the former Republican governor of California wrote that the administration, “for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Grim economics wallop ethanol and corn producers

By Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

Standing in the front office of Corn Plus, Sheila Helland gazes at a wall with photograph of the plant’s employees. In a few days, most will be out of a job. “It’s been rough, it’s been rough,” she said. “It’s affecting a lot of people — a lot of people’s lives.” Helland, who has been with the ethanol co-op since it opened 25 years ago, is the plant’s human resources manager and was involved in late August with breaking the news to 37 Corn Plus workers that they were being laid off because the plant is closing indefinitely. [ read more … ]

FREEZE WATCH: Iowa corn farmers face another hit — this time, yield losses with fall freeze

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

Iowa farmers have a lot of issues on their minds these days — trade wars, attacks on ethanol, low commodity prices — but chief among them is the timing of this fall’s plant-killing freeze. Farmers face yield losses that reach 15% to 20% without a late freeze, given cold and wet spring weather that caused corn and soybeans to be planted two to four weeks later than normal. Corn is at risk of lower yields, since 20% of the state’s crop was planted late. Soybeans, requiring a shorter growing season than corn, have largely caught up this summer, experts say. [ read more … ]

You won’t have much luck selling EVs to Germans

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

German drivers still love their gas guzzlers and not many of them are thinking about going electric any time soon. As the world’s leading automakers are gearing up to later this month show off their motors at a giant industry fair in Frankfurt, just 16% of drivers in Europe’s biggest economy considering a new car are thinking electric, according to a poll published by utility EON SE. Only the Czechs were less interested in buying an electric car.
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Opinion

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump can’t erase a decade of clean air progress with a Sharpie

By Arnold Schwarzenegger, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 10, 2019

California has been a leader in the fight to clean our air since one of my heroes, Ronald Reagan, was our governor. The Trump administration, for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress. Whether it is political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy, I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that it’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it’s an affront to long-standing conservative principles. [ read more … ]

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