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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE November 6, 2019

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Surveying Midwest Crop Farmers on China Tariffs

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

The survey reached 678 farmers in Iowa (43.4%), Illinois, (31.8%) and Minnesota (23.1%). Of those surveyed, 70% had sales of at least $250,000 with 21.1% reporting sales of $1 million or more. ISU sought to reach corn and soybean farmers with at least 250 acres. Just under half of farmers surveyed, 47.4%, either agreed or strongly agreed that the tariffs imposed by U.S. and China will have “long-term negative effects on U.S. agriculture.” Another 25.1% could neither agree nor disagree with that view. And 27.6% of farmers either disagreed or strongly disagreed that there would be long-term negative effects [ read more … ]

3 reasons farmers hurt by the U.S.-China trade war still support Trump

By The Conversation  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

Although farmers have lost billions of dollars in exports, China’s strategy hasn’t created the intended effect, with surveys of farmers continuing to show strong support for the president. We conducted our own survey of corn and soybean farmers. Published in October, it suggests three reasons farmers support Trump’s trade policies despite the costs. [ read more … ]


Governors urge EPA to reconsider SRE proposal

By Erin Voegele Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

Leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 30 urging the agency to honor President Trump’s commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and criticizing the EPA’s supplemental rulemaking addressing small refinery exemptions (SREs). The letter, authored South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who chairs the organization, calls the EPA oblivious to the harm it has caused with SREs. [ read more … ]

Biofuel, ag groups ask Trump to uphold SRE deal

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

A coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future small refinery exemptions (SREs). “With farmers facing a multi-year decline in income, we enthusiastically supported the administration’s commitment in September to restore the integrity of the [Renewable Fuel Standard] by accurately accounting for volumes lost to RFS [SREs] starting in 2020,” the groups wrote. “Unfortunately, the proposal released by the [U.S. EPA] on [Oct. 15] would not accurately account for SREs and fails its mission to reinvigorate farm economies and reopen biofuel plants across America’s heartland.” [ read more … ]

Car Rule

CO2 would jump under Trump’s revised plan

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

Rather than making a U-turn on clean car standards, President Trump is making a slight swerve, experts say. At issue are recent reports that the Trump administration is considering a 1.5% annual increase in the stringency of fuel economy standards, which dictate how far cars can travel on a single tank of gasoline. That’s more aggressive than the administration’s earlier proposal to freeze the standards at 2020 levels, which would have allowed cars to travel 29.1 mpg on average by 2025. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ex-EPA chief tapped to lead NRDC

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

The Natural Resources Defense Council has named Gina McCarthy, the former EPA administrator under President Obama, to be its next president. NRDC, one of the nation’s largest environmental groups, which has sued the Trump administration’s EPA dozens of times, made the announcement today, nine months after Rhea Suh announced she would leave the group after five years as its president. McCarthy, 65, will take the reins next year, which is NRDC’s 50th anniversary. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Ethanol Board offers fuel retailer training to install E15 blends and higher

By Amber Rucker, Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

The Nebraska Ethanol Board is urging Nebraska fuel retailers to join fellow Midwest states like Iowa and Minnesota in making E15 fuel more widely available to motorists. A move by the Trump Administration in May promised a surge in year-round sales, but consumers are asking for more availability in Nebraska. To help fuel retailers learn more about the ease of selling E15, the Board is hosting a free E15 Workshop, including a keynote from Growth Energy’s Sara Brenden. The workshop will take place on Nov. 13 at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk, Nebraska, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. [ read more … ]

2020 Primary

Buttigieg says there’s real cost to Trump’s broken RFS promises

By Radio Iowa Contributor  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Trump isn’t keeping his promises to Iowa’s agricultural community when it comes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. “Actions speak louder than words and the president says he cares about farmers, but if you look what he’s done with the RFS and these refinery waivers, he’s not keeping his word,” Buttigieg says, “and that’s got a real cost.”
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America needs to expand production of biofuels, not scale back

By Wes Breckenridge, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 5, 2019

Over the summer, two ethanol plants in Iowa were forced to shut down. POET Energy, which operates seven biofuels plants in Iowa, also announced it is scaling back ethanol production. They are reducing corn processing overall by 100 million bushels nationwide, with the largest drop in production here in Iowa. That means more Iowans will be out of work and there will be less demand for our crops just as we approach harvest season. These troubling developments in the biofuels industry are the result of ongoing trade wars and a huge increase in small refinery exemptions (SRE) approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).    [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.