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NEWS UPDATE October 10, 2019

Top Story

Governors Ask Trump to Take Executive Actions on Biofuels

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to take a series of executive actions on a number of ethanol issues, following the administration’s announcement of a plan to account for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard. First and foremost, the group asked Trump to expedite any new rulemaking process aimed at the waivers issue. [ read more … ]


Trump Administration Weighs Economic Escalation Against China

By Alan Rappeport and Ana Swanson, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 10, 2019

Trump administration officials are weighing a range of options that could inflict additional economic pain on China as the United States continues looking for ways to force Beijing to change longstanding practices that have put American companies at a disadvantage. The ideas under consideration would move the White House’s negotiating tool of choice beyond tariffs toward limiting China’s access to American capital markets and imposing greater scrutiny on its companies, according to people familiar with the discussions. [ read more … ]

White Proposed Biofuel Plan

Governors Respond to President Trump’s Biofuel Plan

By Larry Pearce, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Trump thanking him for working with agricultural leaders and biofuels producers to help mitigate the damage done by the small refinery waivers.  The governors also recommended additional steps the Administration could take to grow the nation’s biofuels industry.  Governor Walz and Governor Noem are the chair and vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. “These administrative actions would immediately expand renewable energy production and allow the states, especially those in the Midwest, to harvest the economic and environmental benefits of a thriving biofuels industry,” the governors wrote. [ read more … ]

EPA Official Says Agency ‘Anticipates’ Releasing 2020 RVO by Nov. 30

By Jeff Barber, OPIS  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

EPA “anticipates” that it will release its final 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by the statutory Nov. 30 deadline, Dallas Burkholder with the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality said Tuesday at the OPIS 11th annual RFS2, RINs and Biodiesel forum here. Burkholder’s comment comes as the White House continues to work toward completing package of proposals designed to placate a biofuels industry angry over EPA’s increased approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Trump ethanol plan fails to cheer biofuel markets

By Financial Times  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

If successful, the plan would soften the impact of the exemptions on ethanol demand, pushing up the price of credits that oil refiners purchase to meet blending requirements. The credits are formally known as Renewable Identification Numbers, or Rins. But after Friday’s announcement, the Rin credits “have been falling off a cliff”, said Denton Cinquegrana of Opis, a fuel price information service. [ read more … ]

EPA Adm. Wheeler Says RFS Ethanol Volumes Will Net 15 Billion Gal

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

Future conventional ethanol volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will “net out at” 15 billion gallons as EPA begins to prospectively account for small-refinery exemptions (SREs), agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday. Wheeler’s comments, which came during an interview on WZFG radio in North Dakota, were made a day after President Donald Trump said conventional ethanol volumes next year will be “close to 16 billion” gallons. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

On Climate Change, Biden Has a Record and a Plan. Young Activists Want More.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

When Michaelyn Mankel approached Joseph R. Biden Jr. at an Iowa steak fry last month to demand dramatic action on climate change, the former vice president clasped the 24-year-old’s hands and assured her, “You’ve got a better deal from me than anybody.” [ read more … ]

Warren wants to elevate environmental justice

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 9, 2019

“Our crisis of environmental injustice is the result of decades of discrimination and environmental racism compounding in communities that have been overlooked for too long,” Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, wrote in her platform. “It is the result of multiple choices that put corporate profits before people, while our government looked the other way. It is unacceptable, and it must change.”
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.