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NEWS UPDATE November 1, 2019

Top Story

White House Biofuel Plan

EPA’s Supp Rule

Biofuels Proponents Urge EPA to Change Supplementary Proposal

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

Biofuels industry proponents on Wednesday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider changing its proposed supplemental rulemaking for how it will factor in small-refinery exemptions (SREs) in setting annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). About 60 biofuels advocates, mostly representing fuel and feedstock producers, testified before EPA here, saying the proposal would cause further harm to their industries.
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Trade

Trump says U.S., China to announce new venue to ink trade deal soon

By Tim Ahmann, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States and China would soon announce a new site where he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign a “Phase One” trade deal after Chile canceled a planned summit set for mid-November. “China and the USA are working on selecting a new site for signing of Phase One of Trade Agreement,” Trump said on Twitter. “The new location will be announced soon. President Xi and President Trump will do signing!” [ read more … ]

Brazil to remain net ethanol importer; U.S. fuel to supply Northeast: Platts

By Marcelo Teixeira, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

An ethanol production increase expected for Brazil, the world’s second largest market for the biofuel, will not be enough to cope with rising demand and the country will continue importing fuel from the United States to cover the shortfall. According to analysts from S&P Global Platts, demand for ethanol in Brazil will increase around 2.5% per year in coming years, due to a new federal policy to boost use and to the price advantage over gasoline in the local market. That means the country will need 5 billion liters more through 2025. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

5 things to know about the split between automakers

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

The U.S. auto industry is deeply divided over President Trump’s rollback of clean car rules. Three major car companies — General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV — this week sided with Trump in the legal fight over California’s vehicle emissions standards. Here are five things to know about the industry split [ read more … ]

White House Pressed Car Makers to Join Its Fight Over California Emissions Rules

By Coral Davenport and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

Monday’s surprise move by General Motors, Toyota and other auto giants to back President Trump in his fight with California over pollution rules came after days of White House pressure to support one of the administration’s biggest efforts to weaken climate regulations. Previously, many automakers had indicated to California that they would not take a stand, according to Mary D. Nichols, chairwoman of California’s clean air regulator, the Air Resources Board. Late last week, their stance quickly changed. [ read more … ]

2020 Primary

Biden ups criticism of Trump trade, ethanol policies in Eastern Iowa visits

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden will step up his criticism of Trump administration trade policies during a visit to an Eastern Iowa ethanol plant and speech in Dubuque Wednesday attacking the policies an Iowa supporter says makes farmers pawns in a trade war. The Biden campaign also released a video of an Iowa farmer who says the ag commodity markets that “took us 40 years to develop Trump has destroyed in less than 20 months.”
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Policy & Politics

Argonne National laboratory releases 2019 GREET model

By Argronne National Laboratory  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

The Argonne National Laboratory’s 2019 GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) models include changes and updates to carbon calculations for land use change from the production of biofuels, as well as the use of an open-source database of soil organic carbon. The model is a tool used to analyze the effects of different types o fuel on the environment. While not used by the U.S. EPA, the model has been developed in conjunction with the Department of Energy. [ read more … ]

USDA decides on new research HQ location

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 31, 2019

The Agriculture Department today announced the final location — in downtown Kansas City, Mo. — for its two research agencies being moved out of the nation’s capital. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today signed a lease for office space at 805 Pennsylvania Ave. in Kansas City, ending speculation about where the department was planning to put the agencies and whether it would be in Missouri or Kansas. [ read more … ]

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