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NEWS UPDATE October 2, 2019

Top Story

Global Trade Is Deteriorating Fast, Sapping the World’s Economy

By Peter S. Goodman, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

A weakening world economy, President Trump’s trade war with China and fears of a potentially tumultuous Brexit have combined to produce a dramatic slowdown in global commerce, the World Trade Organization said Tuesday. The Geneva-based organization slashed its forecast for trade growth for this year and 2020, a troubling indicator as economists warn of continued weakness in the global economy.
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White House Proposed Biofuel Plan

Trump Officials Agree on Plan to Boost Ethanol, Biodiesel

By Jennifer A Dlouhy , Mario Parker , and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 2, 2019

The tentative agreement, which follows weeks of negotiations, would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to offset those waivers in response to criticism from industry advocates and Midwestern politicians that the exemptions have hurt demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel. Under the deal, the EPA would factor recent waivers into new annual biofuel quotas, by adjusting the targets to reflect a three-year rolling average of exemptions. White House officials also rejected a bid by oil industry allies to prevent spikes in the prices of biofuel compliance credits refiners use to prove they have fulfilled the targets.
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Trump administration close to finalizing biofuel deal: sources

By Humeyra Pamuk and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 2, 2019

The Trump administration is close to finalizing a deal that would boost U.S. biofuels consumption and is aiming to get it signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Sources said the administration aims to announce the final deal next week and is unlikely to include a price cap for the biofuel blending credits that refiners must earn or purchase to comply with the RFS, a measure the oil industry was seeking as a concession in the biofuel deal. [ read more … ]

Farmer Support for Trump Rebounds Amid Impeachment Inquiry

By John Herath, AgWeb  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

Farmer approval for President Donald Trump rose to 76% in September, according to the latest Farm Journal Pulse Poll. His ratings rebounded from a fall in August amid turmoil over trade deals and corn grower discontent over oil industry exemptions to ethanol blending requirements.  The August Pulse marked the first time the president’s ‘strongly approve’ rating among farmers fell below the 50% mark, dropping to 43%. However, that number showed a strong reversal in September by climbing to 55% “strongly approve.”  [ read more … ]

Trade

Biodiesel Industry Wants Meeting With Commerce on Argentine Imports Decision

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 2, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans in July to potentially scale back planned countervailing duties against biodiesel imported into the United States, but to this point U.S. producers haven’t been granted a meeting with the department. The National Biodiesel Board and the American Soybean Association sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Monday, requesting a meeting with the department to talk about the preliminary decision. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

EESI Names Daniel Bresette as New Executive Director

By Amaury Laporte, EESI  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a fantastic organization I have long admired,” said Daniel Bresette, who became EESI’s new Executive Director on October 1. He is taking the reins from Carol Werner, who had been with EESI for 32 years, 21 of which as Executive Director. “Carol has provided EESI with remarkable leadership over the years, so we will of course miss her greatly,” said EESI Board Chair Jared Blum. “But with Daniel’s leadership and the tremendous talent and commitment of EESI’s staff, I am quite sure that our work will only accelerate in importance and impact as the world becomes serious about tackling climate change. All the way back in 1988, EESI’s Board declared it a moral imperative to address climate change, and we continue to believe that.”
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EPA’s task is to assure protection of the health of Americans via the best fuel/vehicle performance at the least cost.

By Reg Modlin, Natural Resource Solutions  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

The search for who is in a position to drive adoption of better gasoline begins and ends with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Their job is to protect the health of every American – a claim that has been voiced by most, if not all, EPA administrators. The EPA is charged with reducing harmful vehicle emissions to the greatest degree possible while taking into consideration availability, costs, and lead time of technologies and energy. The Clean Air Act directs them to accomplish this through regulating fuels, vehicles or both.
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Fuel the Cure with American Ethanol in Nebraska

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

The Nebraska Ethanol Board is inviting drivers to help “Fuel the Cure” for breast cancer this month by choosing American Ethanol at the pump. More than 30 Nebraska gas stations will donate 3 cents for every gallon of higher ethanol blends (E15-E85) sold in October to support cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.
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Opinion

Gov. Tim Walz: Minnesota will lead on climate change if Washington won’t

By Tim Walz, Minneapolis Start Tribune  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

As the chair of the Governor’s Biofuel Coalition, I sent a letter with Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to President Donald Trump urging him to support our agricultural communities and promote renewable fuels. To ensure that we are doing everything we can at the state level, I recently established the council to advise my administration on policies that will foster growth of Minnesota’s biofuel industry. The council will recommend ways to expand the use of biofuels, increase the carbon efficiency of biofuels and help move our state toward a cleaner, greener transportation sector. Increasing the use of biofuels is also critical to reducing greenhouse gas production in the transportation sector. But recent action at the federal level has undermined the use of biofuels and forced plants to shut down, including here in Winnebago, Minn. This is a punch in the gut to Minnesota farmers already reeling from ongoing trade wars. [ read more … ]

Regular vs. Premium Gas, Redux

By Norman Mayersohn, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 1, 2019

Since the Smarter Driving column began in February with an article about the importance of snow tires in winter, we have received hundreds of emails from readers who have weighed in on the issues we covered, including turn signals and gasoline grades. We replied to all of them. Here is a deeper discussion of those topics.
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