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NEWS UPDATE October 15, 2019

Top Story

MFU echoes Govs. Walz & Noem’s call for additional action to strengthen homegrown biofuels

By Brita Moore, Minnesota Farmers Union  •    •  Posted October 14, 2019

“I thank Gov. Walz and Gov. Noem for stepping up as leaders on the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and calling for further action to expand the biofuels market,” MFU President Gary Wertish said. “Farmers rely on the biofuels industry as a market through which they can get a good price for their labor. The SREs have caused significant economic harm in Minnesota, even causing an ethanol plant in Winnebago to close. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Novozymes’ CEO to step down as company looks to rejuvenate sales

By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 15, 2019

“Novozymes has been challenged in recent years and needs to deliver higher revenue growth,” it said in a statement. The Danish firm, which among other things has been struggling with a weak U.S. ethanol production after floods in the Midwest this year, said it expected to announce a new CEO within a short period of time. [ read more … ]

BLM chief: Banning oil and gas is ‘absolutely insane’

By Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 14, 2019

Bureau of Land Management acting chief William Perry Pendley today slammed calls by some Democratic presidential contenders to ban oil and gas leasing on federal lands. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among the candidates who have called for such a ban. Doing so would be “absolutely devastating, not just to the American West, but to the entire country,” said Pendley, who was speaking at a panel discussion at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Ohio soybean farmer says he wouldn’t vote for Trump again even if he could ‘walk across my pond’

By Tyler Clifford, CNBC  •    •  Posted October 14, 2019

“I’m not going to vote for the president, and I’m on record for saying that,” said Gibbs, a former chairperson of the Shelby County Republican Party. “He could come up with this $50 billion, he could walk across my pond and not get wet, and I’m still not going to vote for him because, you know, at the end of the day my name is Chris Gibbs, it’s not Judas, and I’m not going to sell my political moorings for 30 pieces of silver.” [ read more … ]


‘The Cigarette’ Review: No Smoking, Please

By Barton Swaim, Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 14, 2019

The political philosopher Kenneth Minogue, in his classic study “The Liberal Mind” (1963), memorably compared modern liberalism in its prime to St. George slaying the dragon. From the 16th century to the 19th, the dragons were enormous: religious intolerance, slavery and the slave trade, wretched prison conditions. But liberalism, unlike St. George, did not know when to retire, and in the 20th century it “grew breathless in [its] pursuit of smaller and smaller dragons—for the big dragons were now harder to come by.” The cigarette was one of those small dragons, but a decrepit liberalism has laid it low. Sarah Milov’s “The Cigarette: A Political History” tells the story of how this happened, taking us from the rise of the tobacco industry in the Southeastern United States in the 19th century to the protracted court battles that nearly obliterated cigarette manufacturers in the 1990s and early 2000s. [ read more … ]

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