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NEWS UPDATE October 25, 2019

Top Story

Air pollution is getting worse, and data show more people are dying

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

One thing that’s clear at the moment is the effect that rising pollution is having on mortality and life expectancy. Using commonly accepted formulas for translating air pollution exposure to death rates, the Carnegie Mellon researchers estimate that in 2018, nearly 10,000 lives would have been saved had pollution levels remained at their 2016 numbers. Nearly 43 percent of those additional deaths would have happened in California, largely because of the wildfires there. Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the Camp Fire alone caused more than 1,400 deaths due to air pollution exposure. [ read more … ]

White House Biofuel Plan

Joni Ernst threatens to call for EPA chief’s resignation if ethanol deal isn’t upheld

By Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted October 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said she’s ready to call for the resignation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chief if the agency does not uphold an agreement restoring demand for ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard. “If we get to a point where the EPA is not following through on what the president has directed them to do then we will have to hold them accountable.” [ read more … ]

EPA’s Wheeler: Response to RFS Proposal a “Knee Jerk” Reaction

By Todd Ingstad, Inside Agriculture  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

“I think a lot of people who had a knee jerk reaction” because the rule “wasn’t exactly what they were expecting,” according to Politico. Perdue stated, “Once they fully understand what you’ve done here, they’ll be fine as they see it implemented.” The ethanol industry called the rule a “bait and switch” attempt to avoid fixing demand problems created by an excess of small refinery waivers issued by the Trump administration. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the proposal “will do nothing to bring back the ethanol plants that have shut down.” [ read more … ]

House to hold hearing on EPA’s mismanagement of the RFS

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change has announced plans to hold a legislative hearing on Oct. 29 focused on the U.S. EPA’s mismanagement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The hearing, entitled “Protecting the RFS; The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers,” will examine H.R. 3006, the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019. [ read more … ]

Reynolds Believes Trump Is Still Committed To Ethanol Deal

By Grant Gerlock, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds is standing by a deal reached with President Donald Trump to address farm state lawmakers’ concerns over ethanol policy. Earlier this month the Trump administration agreed to increase the ethanol mandate to make up for exemptions granted to small oil refineries. The EPA’s subsequent proposal was panned by industry groups who said it fails to account for the total amount of ethanol exempted by the agency. [ read more … ]

Reynolds says Trump’s trying to please both oil and ethanol industries

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

“The president is trying to walk a fine line between the small refinery waivers and his commitment to Iowa farmers and to a robust Renewable Fuels Standard,” Reynolds said. “…He made a commitment to both.” Reynolds, though, said the EPA’s draft does not meet the terms of the deal Trump made to ensure the oil industry blends 15 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel into motor fuel to make up for the waivers granted over the past two years [ read more … ]

Trade

Ethanol groups call Brazil’s ethanol TRQ a step backward

By Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association expressed their disappointment with the news that the Brazilian government amended the recent Aug. 31st rule that raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff rate quote (TRQ) from 600 million liters per year to nearly 750 million liters per year. The TRQ regulates the threshold of ethanol that can be imported into Brazil without triggering a 20 percent tariff. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Justice Dept. Sues California to Stop Climate Initiative From Extending to Canada

By Lisa Friedman and Katie Benner, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

The Trump administration took another legal shot at California on Wednesday, suing to block part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program and limit its ability to take international leadership in curbing planet warming emissions. In a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of California, the Justice Department said that a regional system created by California’s air resources board, which caps planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions but lets corporations trade emissions credits within that cap, was unlawful because it included Quebec, Canada. The suit brought immediate condemnation from California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called it a “political vendetta” and only one in a series of acts against a liberal state government that has defied President Trump on immigration, his tax returns and climate change. [ read more … ]

Democrats try to link oil with the tobacco industry

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 24, 2019

“Exxon Mobil, like the tobacco industry, engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to deceive the American public and funded a climate denial program years after its own scientists established that man-made climate change was real,” said Eubanks in prepared remarks. “As in the case of tobacco, the oil industry’s campaign of misinformation was conducted by individual companies and by trade groups, advertisers and other proxies that spread its message of doubt.”
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.