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NEWS UPDATE October 21, 2019

Top Story

USDA deploys officials to defend ethanol policy, relocations

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

“I can just assure you directly from the conversations with the president,” Censky said at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing. “The president is insistent that EPA administer this so that we achieve 15 billion gallons.”
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Trade

China says will work with the U.S. to address each other’s core concerns

By Samuel Shen, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

Vice Premier Liu He said on Saturday that China will work with the United States to address each other’s core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that stopping the trade war would be good for both sides and the world. “The two sides have made substantial progress in many fields, laying an important foundation for the signing of a phased agreement,” Liu, also the chief negotiator in the trade talks, told a virtual reality conference in Nanchang, the capital of southeastern Jiangxi province. [ read more … ]

Trump hopes U.S.-China trade deal will be signed by middle of November

By Ismail Shakil, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he thinks a trade deal between the United States and China will be signed by the time the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings take place in Chile on Nov. 16 and 17.
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White House Biofuel Plan

Biofuel backers pressuring EPA to rewrite latest RFS rule

By ERIC WOLFF, Politico  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

Biofuel producers and farmers are pressing the Trump administration to rewrite its proposed fix to the Renewable Fuel Standard — and threatening legal action if EPA tries to finalize its supplemental blending rule.
The announcement preceded release of the proposed rule by over a week, and biofuel backers were stunned when they read the official text. EPA, however, contends no such promises were made.
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Governor Reynolds: ‘I’m going to hold the President to what he said’

By Ken Anderson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she expects President Trump to stand behind the deal he made with biofuels advocates. Reynolds told reporters the language contained in the proposal released by EPA this week is not what was agreed to in meetings with President Trump and other administration officials. The deal, Reynolds says, was for 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended annually. [ read more … ]

Collin Peterson, Amy Klobuchar criticize Trump’s new ethanol rule

By Forum News Service  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

Weeks after the White House attempted to make amends with the ethanol industry, a new rule on small oil refinery waivers proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is drawing criticism from Minnesota Democrats. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Whitehouse: API does oil industry’s ‘dirty work’ on climate

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

A senior Democratic senator sharply questioned an American Petroleum Institute official yesterday, suggesting the trade and lobbying group does the “dirty work” of opposing environmental measures so its members can publicly support them and “green wash” their images. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) pointed to several instances in which Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC seemed to benefit from the institute’s opposition to environmental measures that the corporations had publicly supported.
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Ethanol Trade Team from Mexico visits Nebraska to Understand U.S. Ethanol Industry

BY Kurtis Harms, KTIC  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

A delegation of 19 industry leaders from Mexico were in Nebraska this week to gain a better understanding of the U.S. ethanol sector. From Oct. 16-18, the delegation toured all facets of Nebraska’s ethanol industry, from cornfield to fuel retailer.
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Trump nominates Brouillette to lead DOE

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 20, 2019

“I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy,” Trump continued. “Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!”
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.