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NEWS UPDATE November 5, 2019

Top Story

Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, as Diplomats Plot to Save It

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations on Monday that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, leaving global climate diplomats to plot a way forward without the cooperation of the world’s largest economy. The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on withdrawal, begins a yearlong countdown to the United States exit and a concerted effort to preserve the Paris Agreement, under which nearly 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and to help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet.
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China presses Trump for more tariff roll-backs in ‘phase one’ trade deal

By Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru and John Ruwitch and Winni Zhou in Shanghai, and Ben Blanchard in Beijin, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

China is pushing U.S. President Donald Trump to remove more tariffs imposed in September as part of a “phase one” U.S.-China trade deal, people familiar with the negotiations said on Monday. The deal, which may be signed this month by Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a yet-to-be determined location, is widely expected to include a U.S. pledge to scrap tariffs scheduled for Dec. 15 on about $156 billion worth of Chinese imports, including cell phones, laptop computers and toys. A U.S. official said the fate of the Dec. 15 tariffs is being considered as part of negotiations and a potential signing trip this month. [ read more … ]

Trump cites Iowa as a possible location for China trade deal

By Danielle Gehr, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday named Iowa, where the trade war has battered agricultural interests, as a possible site for a trade agreement he said could be signed in a mid-November meeting with China’s president, Xi Jinping. Trump is seeking a new setting for a meeting with Xi amid mass demonstrations that forced the cancellation of a gathering of world leaders both had planned to attend in Chile. [ read more … ]


Agriculture, Biofuels Groups Ask Trump to Fix Small-Refinery Exemptions Proposal

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

If President Donald Trump has been unaware a recent proposal from the EPA to account for small-refinery exemptions isn’t setting right with rural American interests, he may soon be aware after a large group of agriculture and biofuels interests asked Trump in a letter to fix the proposal. Agriculture and biofuels interests were upset with the agency’s proposal, claiming it falls short of a deal announced by Trump. The proposal calls for accounting for 770 million gallons of biofuels forecast to be lost to waivers, falling short by half the number of gallons actually exempted by the agency from 2016 to 2018. [ read more … ]

RFA Backs Up Claims of Waiver Damage to Ethanol Demand

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

As Mark Twain once said, “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” During last week’s House Energy & Commerce Committee subcommittee hearing on the impact of small refinery exemptions, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President and CEO Chet Thompson sparred over the interpretation of recent Energy Information Association (EIA) data as to what it shows as far as ethanol consumption.
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Congressman Adrian Smith asks for public comments on EPA ethanol policy

By By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

Rep. Adrian Smith and the Nebraska Corn Board are asking Nebraskan to publicly comment regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuels Standard. According to Smith, on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump announced an agreement to reallocate Small Refinery Exemptions for large or unqualified refiners under the RFS. But 11 days later, Smith said, the EPA released a proposal with substantial loopholes which would allow it to avoid fulfilling the full obligation of the of the law.
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2020 Primary

Impeachment is not the issue voters in Iowa care about

By Art Cullen, The Guardian  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

Right now, impeachment is not top of mind in Iowa, even for the most likely caucus-goers. Corn yields are more urgent as the golden harvest pours in. They may be off by 10-15%, my farmer friend says. It’s that wacky weather that brought floods and late planting, and has mucked up the harvest. That’s what people are talking about in north-west Iowa. Of the more than dozen Democratic presidential candidates who have stumped in Storm Lake, only Tom Steyer brought up impeachment. Nobody is asking. They want to know about immigration (where half the town of 15,000 is Latino) and healthcare, and what to do about unreliable weather and corn yields. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not. The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that are either not known for oil or whose production has been lackluster in recent years. [ read more … ]

Big Oil and climate: What’s the deal?

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

Major oil and gas companies will need to curb production 35% by 2040 if they hope to remain within targets set by the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report. The report from Carbon Tracker, a London-based think tank, said some companies will have to scale back more than others, with ConocoPhillips needing to reduce its production by 85% over the next two decades. The group studied large oil companies — including Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC — and found that while some are more progressive than others, none has Paris-compliant targets. [ read more … ]

Keystone pipeline shut after spilling 9,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota

By Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 4, 2019

An estimated 9,120 barrels of oil have spilled from TC Energy Corp’s Keystone crude pipeline in North Dakota, state authorities said on Thursday, a major leak at a time of increased regulatory scrutiny of oil pipeline expansions. The initial estimate makes it one of the biggest onshore crude spills in the past decade and the largest for Keystone, according to U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) data back to 2010. [ read more … ]



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