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NEWS UPDATE September 18, 2019

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Car Rule

Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama. The announcement that the White House will revoke one of California’s signature environmental policies will come while Mr. Trump is traveling in the state, where he is scheduled to attend fund-raisers in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. [ read more … ]

White House Biofuel Reform Plan

Senators From Oil-Producing States Set to Meet With Trump on RFS Deal

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor and Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 18, 2019

Recent media reports outlining a possible agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard may sound promising for the biofuels industry and agriculture, but Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told agriculture journalists on Tuesday that he’ll hold off celebrating just yet. Reuters and Bloomberg recently reported details of a tentative agreement between biofuel and agriculture interests and President Donald Trump following a meeting at the White House. Under the agreement, if true, EPA would account for biofuel gallons waived from the RFS through small-refinery exemptions, in addition to other concessions. However, the agreement could look much different after senators from oil-producing states meet at the White House, perhaps sometime this week. [ read more … ]

Trump administration expected to release SRE deal

By Erin Vogel, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

The Trump Administration is expected to update an existing proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking this week to increase proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs), a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration’s treatment of small refinery exemptions (SREs). The U.S. EPA issued its latest round of SRE approvals Aug. 9, granting 31 of 38 SREs that were then pending for compliance year 2018. Two additional SREs for compliance year 2018 have since be filed. The 31 SRE petitions exempted 13.42 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from having to meet RFS RVOs, accounting for 1.43 billion RINs, or nearly 7.5 percent of the 2018 blending requirements finalized by the agency nearly two years ago. [ read more … ]


White House Says President Ready to Sign Trade Deal With Japan

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

The White House sent a notice to Congress on Monday stating that President Donald Trump is ready to sign a trade deal with Japan. “I am pleased to report that my administration has reached an initial trade agreement regarding tariff barriers (the “agreement”) with Japan and I intend to enter into the agreement in the coming weeks,” the notice said. The notice did not mention specifics other than the president stated he would also enter into an executive agreement with Japan regarding digital trade. [ read more … ]

Trump Says U.S., Japan Reach Initial Agreement on Tariffs

By Sarah McGregor, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

President Donald Trump said his administration will enter into an initial trade accord over tariffs with Japan in the coming weeks while Tokyo warned any final deal must include assurances that Washington won’t slap new duties on $50 billion of Japanese automobiles. In a notice to Congress on Monday, Trump also said the U.S. will be entering an “executive agreement” with Japan over digital trade. There was no mention by Trump if he’ll end the threat to impose tariffs on Japanese auto imports as part of the trade deal. [ read more … ]

Trump Says U.S. Reaches Trade Deals With Japan, No Word on Cars

By David Lawder and Eric Beech in Washington, and Kiyoshi Takenaka and Tetsushi Kajimoto in Tokyo, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Washington had struck trade agreements with Tokyo that could be implemented without congressional approval, but stopped short of assuring Japan that new tariffs would not be slapped on vital auto exports. In a letter to the U.S. Congress released by the White House, Trump said that he intends to enter into the agreements on tariff barriers and digital trade “in the coming weeks” and was notifying lawmakers that the tariff deal would be made under a trade law provision allowing the U.S. president to make reciprocal tariff reductions by proclamation. [ read more … ]

China may not enact ethanol fuels mandate amid corn supply concerns

By Reuters  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

SHANGHAI: China’s plan to implement a nationwide mandate for ethanol-blended gasoline in 2020 is in doubt after a significant decline in the country’s corn stocks, a government researcher said on Tuesday. State stockpiles of corn, the main raw material for ethanol production, have fallen to around 56 million tonnes currently from more than 200 million tonnes in temporary reserves in 2017, said Wu Tianlong, a deputy researcher with the Rural Economy Research Center under China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘Black carbon’ particles can reach the placenta — study

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

The research suggests that “ambient particulates could be transported toward the fetus and represents a potential mechanism explaining the detrimental health effects of pollution from early life onwards,” the authors write. Ultrafine black carbon particulates are spawned by coal-fired power plants, diesel engines and other sources that burn fossil fuels; inhalation is linked to cancer, respiratory problems and birth defects, according to an EPA website. [ read more … ]

The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM

By Alex Davies, Wired  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

When United Automobile Workers members walked off the job at 33 General Motors sites around the US on Sunday morning, perhaps the most … striking detail was that they only numbered 46,000. The last time the UAW’s GM workers went on strike, in 2007, they were 73,000 strong. And that was a fraction of the 259,000 US hourly production workers GM employed in 1991. UAW membership has ticked upward in recent years, recovering from its post-financial crisis nadir. Now, it faces a new threat from the next great shift for the auto industry. The electric car may be great for the planet and glorious for drivers, but it’s no good for jobs. [ read more … ]

Ethanol is available now to provide HOLC gasoline at least cost to consumers.

By Reg Modlin, Natural Resources Solution  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

In the first article for this series, we saw the need to look at each of the challenges we face in introducing a new gasoline to the market in turn. Identified were questions such as: “Can the agriculture sector provide the volume of biomass feedstocks needed?” “What does this mean for land use and pricing of food related portions of the market?” “Can the distribution infrastructure transition to a higher blend of ethanol? At what cost and in what timeframe?” “How should a clear, strong policy directive be created and broadcast?” [ read more … ]

Trump: ‘No more cows, no more airplanes’

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 17, 2019

President Trump focused on energy issues during a campaign speech in New Mexico Monday night, claiming his energy policies have boosted the state’s economy and that a Democratic president would force Americans to drive electric cars. His remarks came two days after oil operations in Saudi Arabia were attacked by what Trump and top U.S. officials attributed to Iran. The attack slashed Saudi’s oil production and, at least initially, spiked international oil prices. [ read more … ]


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