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NEWS UPDATE November 12, 2019

Top Story

USDA cuts U.S. corn harvest forecast as cold, rain hurts yields

By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

The U.S. Agriculture Department lowered its corn harvest outlook on Friday as cold and wet conditions late in the growing season cut into yields in key production areas such as South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. USDA also lowered its outlook for wheat production but left its soybean harvest view unchanged after what has been a complicated growing season for farmers wrestling with falling income due to a trade war with China in addition to poor weather. [ read more … ]


Joni Ernst speaks with Trump in effort to resolve RFS issue

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

After speaking by phone with President Donald Trump earlier this week, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, remains convinced he wants to “work through” a decision by the Environment Protection Agency director that Iowa agriculture leaders say could lead to a further slowdown in ethanol production and more farm bankruptcies. “The president is upset that this is not the same formula that we agreed on in the Oval Office,” Ernst told reporters Thursday. “I do think there is opportunity for correction.” [ read more … ]

Ernst says President Trump is upset by EPA’s biofuels rules

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst  said she’s talked directly with President Trump about the furor over proposed EPA rules which Ernst says do not fulfill the deal Trump struck in September on the renewable fuels standard. “I did visit with the president actually, again, two nights ago on this issue and several other issues, but largely focused on the RFS,” Ernst said during a telephone conference call with Iowa reporters. “And the president is upset that this is not the same formula that we agreed on in the Oval Office.”
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Iowa Republicans lambaste proposed EPA changes to ethanol use, but skirt criticizing Trump

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

Iowa Republicans walked a careful line Thursday, criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over proposed changes affecting the volume of ethanol production while not directly lambasting President Donald Trump. U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds submitted letters Thursday to the EPA, criticizing the agency forfailing to uphold a deal Trump made with Iowa leaders in September. Reynolds said the EPA’s decisions are having “real world ramifications.” [ read more … ]

Corn states to EPA: Time to deliver

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

Corn state senators are keeping up the pressure on both EPA and Trump to ensure that refiners blend the full 15 billion gallons of ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. EPA surprised corn-staters with its proposed supplemental rule for the 2020 blending requirements, which ethanol producers say does not conform to what they expected. Seven senators filed comments with EPA today making that point, and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley added in a tweet Thursday evening, “EPA Dir Wheeler needs 2keep Pres Trump’s promise He does not want 2make a liar out of the Pres.” [ read more … ]

Reynolds, Grassley, Ernst challenge EPA to uphold renewable fuel standard

By KCCI  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on their proposed supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The three Iowa leaders expressed displeasure with EPA Administrator Wheeler over upholding the standard to provide certainty to Iowa farmers and biofuels producers.
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How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

By Eugene Linden, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far North and, according to the Belgian climate scientist Xavier Fettweis, melting some 40 billion tons of Greenland’s ice sheet. Had a scientist in the early 1990s suggested that within 25 years a single heat wave would measurably raise sea levels, at an estimated two one-hundredths of an inch, bake the Arctic and produce Sahara-like temperatures in Paris and Berlin, the prediction would have been dismissed as alarmist. But many worst-case scenarios from that time are now realities. [ read more … ]


GM sells shuttered plant to EV startup after Trump brouhaha

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

General Motors Co. has sold an idled assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to an electric vehicle startup, completing a transition that found an improbable champion in President Trump. The buyer, Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC), is seeking to produce an all-electric truck for commercial customers, known as the Endurance. It said in a message on its website that it plans to release the first of the vehicles in the second half of 2020.
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Car Rule

Justice Department Issues Civil Subpoenas to Auto Makers in California Emissions Pact Probe

By Brent Kendall and Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

The Justice Department has issued civil subpoenas to four auto makers that reached a tailpipe emissions deal this summer with the state of California, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest development in a federal antitrust investigation that has generated political controversy. Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, has said the state worked individually with the auto makers and that all parties were mindful of not violating antitrust laws.
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2020 Primary

Bernie Sanders, AOC argue for ‘Green New Deal’ at Des Moines summit

By Nick Coltrain, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew more than 2,000 people to Drake University on Saturday to hear them rail against the climate crisis and the oil companies they blame for it, and promote their “Green New Deal.” But first, the audience sat through a slideshow. It was created by a climate scientist, showing graphs and numbers highlighting the loss of the Arctic ice sheet and increasing carbon dioxide levels, and the precarious balance of “spaceship Earth’s” life support system. It was far from a typical start to a political rally fewer than 90 days from Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential-nominating caucuses. [ read more … ]

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