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NEWS UPDATE November 14, 2019

Top Story

Study links tiny particles to brain cancer

By Damian Carrington, London Guardian  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

A new study from Canadian researchers has for the first time drawn a link between brain cancer and ultrafine particles of air pollution. Fuel burning, especially diesel vehicle exhaust, creates the nanoparticles, which had larger impacts on people living in more heavily trafficked areas. The research, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that being exposed to 10,000 extra nanoparticles of pollution per cubic centimeter over a year correlated to a 10% higher risk for brain cancer. [ read more … ]

Trade

China says holding ‘in-depth’ talks with U.S. on interim trade deal

By Gabriel Crossle, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 14, 2019

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said a trade deal with China was “close” but offered no details and warned that he would raise tariffs “substantially” on Chinese goods without such a deal. Trump’s threat was a reference to previously announced tariffs of 15% on about $156 billion of Chinese consumer goods set to take effect on Dec. 15, according to trade experts and a source close to the White House. [ read more … ]

SREs

Small-Refinery Case Dismissed

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted November 14, 2019

Though the court on Tuesday dismissed the case, it did address the concern raised by the group in court that EPA changed course in the waivers program.

“To be sure, the EPA’s briefing and oral argument paint a troubling picture of intentionally shrouded and hidden agency law that could have left those aggrieved by the agency’s actions without a viable avenue for judicial review,” the court said in its order. “But we need not decide in this case whether or how an ongoing pattern of genuinely secret law might be challenged because the EPA’s changed rules of decision have been disclosed both through the numerous informal adjudication decisions recently released to the association and, of particular import, the August 2019 formal and public memorandum announcing the EPA’s new decisional framework and applying it to 42 refineries. During oral argument, the EPA acknowledged that the August 2019 memorandum is ‘final agency action’ to which a challenge could be brought if filed within the required limitations period.” [ read more … ]

Grassley: Comment on EPA website now to help save thousands of biofuels jobs

By Matt Kelley, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is urging farmers, biofuels industry workers and everyday Iowans to get on the EPA website and express support for upholding the renewable fuel standard, or RFS. As the deadline for public comments approaches, Grassley says he and several other Midwestern senators are sending a letter to the president this week, outlining the importance of the RFS to the region’s economy. [ read more … ]

EVs

What we learned on the Electric Road Trip

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

After two crazy months, we’re done. The reporters of E&E News have completed the Electric Road Trip, an 8,000-mile journey in an electric car and an investigation into how electric transportation will change America. What did we learn? By interviewing dozens of people, driving a total of six cars and gathering many streams of data, we have a mountain of perspective. We even drove 2,000 miles more than we first planned. Our reporters wrote postcards from gas stations in Houston, a bus factory in South Carolina, the damp curbsides of Seattle, and a futuristic charging station in California. [ read more … ]

74% of auto dealers aren’t selling EVs — report

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

Auto dealers across the country are failing to sell electric vehicles at the scale necessary to combat climate change and meet consumer demand, a new study has found. The analysis from the Sierra Club relied on 579 volunteers, who called or visited 909 auto dealerships across the United States to inquire about purchasing an electric car. The most striking finding was that 74% of dealerships nationwide weren’t selling a single EV and only offered a range of conventional gas-powered vehicles. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Biodiesel lobby begs lawmakers to reinstate lapsed credit

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

A nearly two-year lapse in a federal tax credit for biodiesel producers is hurting an industry already suffering from the Trump administration’s renewable fuel policies. That’s the assessment of the National Biodiesel Board, a group pushing for a retroactive extension of the $1-per-gallon tax credit that expired at the end of 2017. Lawmakers are considering reviving the credit as part of a package of other tax benefits that Congress has a habit of allowing to expire, then extending retroactively, before the end of this year.
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USDA: U.S. ethanol exports top 100 million gallons in September

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released September export data on Nov. 5 reporting the U.S. exported 100.31 million gallons of ethanol and 1.05 million tons of distillers grains during the month. The 100.31 million gallons of ethanol exported in September was up slightly when compared to the 98.56 million gallons exported in September 2018, but down from the 122.52 million gallons exported in August. [ read more … ]

2020

Clean energy, yes. But divisions put Dems on different paths

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

The major challenge for the 2020 Democratic presidential field is that the United States isn’t close to an energy mix that relies on zero- or low-emission sources. And that’s a major hurdle for a sector that accounted for about 28% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissionsin 2017, according to EPA data. The United States generated roughly two-thirds of its power from fossil fuels last year — split mostly between coal and natural gas. Nuclear made up about 19%, and renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower constituted another 17%. [ read more … ]

How Iowans Drove The National Debate On Carbon Farming

By Isabella Murray, Iowa Starting Line  •    •  Posted November 13, 2019

O’Rourke had read a guest op-ed by Leonard and Matt Russell, executive director of Interfaith Power and Light — a group that pushes for faith-based solutions to climate change — in the New York Times about how to win rural America. O’Rourke wanted to learn more about a practice the two climate advocates had written about: how farmers could use environmental services like carbon sequestration and get paid for it. [ read more … ]

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