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NEWS UPDATE October 30, 2019

Top Story

Oil and Corn clash over secretive U.S. biofuel waivers in hearing

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

The U.S. oil and corn industries continued a long-running public battle over America’s biofuels policy on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing about the Trump administration’s use of “secret waivers” for refineries. Representatives of the biofuels sector accused the administration of “rampant abuse” of the so-called Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) freeing refineries from their annual ethanol blending obligations, while the nation’s top refining association argued the program was critical to national security by keeping petroleum fuel producers in business. But the two sides agreed on one thing: the administration’s recent proposal to remedy the small refinery waiver issue by forcing some bigger refineries to make up for the exempted volumes was a disappointment. [ read more … ]

White House Biofuel Plan

House Committee Tackles Refinery Waiver

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 30, 2019

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday examined the effects 85 small-refinery exemptions have had on biofuels and agriculture since 2016, during a hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019. The legislation would, among other things, require the EPA to make available more information on refinery exemptions. [ read more … ]

EPA posts call-in information for Oct. 30 hearing on SRE proposal

  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

The EPA will hold a hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on Oct. 30 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST and end when all parties who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so. A listen-only conference line is available for the event. The call-in information is now available on the EPA website. [ read more … ]

Trade

Exclusive: U.S.-China trade deal might not be ready for signing in Chile: U.S. official

By Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom and Andrea Shalal, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

“If it’s not signed in Chile, that doesn’t mean that it falls apart. It just means that it’s not ready,” the administration official said. “Our goal is to sign it in Chile. But sometimes texts aren’t ready. But good progress is being made and we expect to sign the agreement in Chile.” Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top U.S. officials have all said good progress is being made on the deal after a nearly 16-month trade war, while also noting that it would be fine if the deal was not finalized by the APEC summit. [ read more … ]

Top Agriculture Commodity Traders Get Squeezed as Exports Falter

By Isis Almeida, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

The biggest agricultural-commodity traders are getting squeezed. With U.S. grain exports expected to fall more than 20% in the 2019 crop year, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Bunge Ltd. and Cargill Inc. are making less money buying and selling crops. That’s according to S&P Global Ratings, which estimates trading and merchandising margins for the firms have fallen by more than 10% so far this year. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Auto group, red states back Trump’s move against Calif.

By Maxine Joselow and Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

An auto industry trade association and seven red states are throwing their weight behind the Trump administration in the legal fight over California’s clean cars program. The Association of Global Automakers, a powerful trade association whose members include General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, yesterday filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California should have the legal authority to set tougher greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars than the federal government. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

GM expects to spend more on EVs than gas-powered cars in next five years: CEO

By Ben Klayman in Detroit and David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 30, 2019

General Motors Co expects to spend more on developing and selling electric vehicles (EVs) than gasoline-powered cars over the next five years, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday. Barra was responding to a question from an analyst on the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s earnings conference call when she said she believed EVs would see more of the research and development and capital spending dollars in that time period. [ read more … ]

China pulls back on setting tough ethanol fuel content standards

By Sun Yu, Financial Times  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

China is likely to miss a deadline for enforcing the mandatory use of ethanol-blended petrol nationwide by 2020, after a backlash from energy firms and local governments thwarted a crucial part of Beijing’s effort to clean up the environment. Two years after Beijing unveiled its plan for the compulsory use of E10, or petrol with 10 per cent ethanol content, across the country, just three northeastern provinces, home to a vibrant corn ethanol industry, and the northern city of Tianjin have hit the target. [ read more … ]

For best climate impact, put renewables in the U.S. Midwest: study

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 29, 2019

Installing wind turbines and solar panels in the U.S. Midwest instead of other parts of the country would deliver the biggest cuts in climate-warming emissions and improvements in public health, according to a study published on Tuesday. The magnitude of benefit from renewable energy depends in part on whether it is displacing coal-fired power plants or cleaner-burning fuels like natural gas, according to the study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University.
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