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NEWS UPDATE September 27, 2019

Top Story

How a small gas firm in Ukraine led to impeachment inquiry

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

A hiring decision by an obscure Ukranian energy company five years ago sparked the historic House inquiry that could lead to just the third impeachment of an American president in almost 250 years. In 2014, Burisma Holdings hired Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, to be on its board. It was a job that paid Hunter Biden, who was not an energy expert, up to $50,000 a month for consulting on “matters of transparency,” among other functions, according to a release from the company at the time. [ read more … ]

White House Proposed Biofuel Plan

Trump’s impeachment battle could delay biofuels deal: industry sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

U.S. biofuel industry sources said on Thursday they were concerned that an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump could delay a pending deal on biofuels policy that is meant to boost demand for corn-based ethanol and biodiesel. Two weeks ago, Trump met with biofuel officials, farm- and oil-state senators and oil refining executives to hash out the details of a “giant package” related to ethanol that he had promised in August. While the groups seemed to be on the cusp of an agreement, Trump now finds himself mired in an intensifying partisan fight that could monopolize his attention for weeks, if not months. [ read more … ]

Farmers Desperate for Biofuels Decision

By Todd Neeley, Progressive farmer  •    •  Posted September 27, 2019

As ethanol producers and farmers wait for a supposed biofuels deal from President Donald Trump to restore exempted gallons, the clock is ticking. “We need this announcement in the next couple of weeks,” said Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Iowa farmer and president of the board of directors for Siouxland Energy. “We’re scrambling to raise capital now. The banks are reading the same newspapers everyone else is. They’re getting nervous. The banks are squeezing. We need an announcement soon. There’s no reason the announcement can’t be made in two weeks or less.” [ read more … ]

White House Pressures Biofuel Companies To Accept Waiver Fix

By RFD TV  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

Reuters reports Trump administration officials met with biofuel industry reps, warning they should accept the waiver proposal by Friday. Biofuel advocates from groups like Growth Energy and the National Biodiesel Board issued this joint statement. [ read more … ]

RFA Corrects EPA Misstatements About Ethanol Demand and SREs in House Testimony

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

In a letter sent today to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association noted several misstatements in testimony offered recently to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and provided background information to help the Agency better understand the real impacts of small refinery exemptions (SREs). [ read more … ]

Car Rule

States gamble on beating Trump in court

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

New Mexico, Minnesota and other states may be forging ahead with tougher clean car standards because they expect to prevail over the Trump administration in court, observers said. Both New Mexico and Minnesota this week pledged to adopt California’s more stringent tailpipe pollution rules. The states vowed to press ahead with their plans, despite the Trump administration’s proposed revocation last week of California’s Clean Air Act waiver for greenhouse gases.
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Policy & Politics

Report: U.S. Biofuels Help Drive Environmental Progress

By Leigh Claffey, Growth Energy  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers,released a new report examining the potential impact of a growing role for U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. The report was authored by Ramboll, a global research and management firm specializing in sustainable development, at the request of Growth Energy. It presents the latest data on U.S. agricultural innovation, provides a detailed review of recent studies and illuminates gaps in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) understanding of U.S. biofuel production. [ read more … ]

EIA: Ethanol production falls to 3-year low

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

Data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 25 shows U.S. ethanol production for the week ending Sept. 20 slipped to an average of 943,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since April 2016. Average daily ethanol production for the week was down 61,000 barrels when compared to the 1.003 million gallon per day average reported for the previous week, which ended Sept. 13. When compared to the 1.036 million barrels per day produced during the same week of 2018, production was down 93,000 barrels per day. [ read more … ]


Editorial: Renewable energy advantageous for U.S.

By Iowa State University Editorial Board  •    •  Posted September 26, 2019

Renewable energy offers many advantages over coal, gas and nuclear generated electricity. One could argue that renewable energy’s biggest advantage has nothing to do with global warming or emissions at all.  Decentralizing our power supply is an incredibly effective way in strategically defending ourselves domestically. It encourages citizens to be self sufficient, or at least less reliant on highly vulnerable systems by putting the power (no pun intended) back in the hands of local authorities who can better understand the intricacies and needs of individual areas. Making the switch to green energy doesn’t have to be solely an environmental issue. The global society we live in means that changing one aspect of our lives will have an impact on another, and if green energy means we’re safer, it sounds like a win-win. [ read more … ]

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