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NEWS UPDATE November 21, 2019

Top Story

A Wet Year Causes Farm Woes Far Beyond the Floodplains

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

The damage from the destructive spring flooding in the Midwest has been followed in parts of the country by a miserable autumn that is making a bad farming year worse, with effects that could be felt into next spring. Even the widespread flooding in the spring was worse for many farmers than the images of sodden river towns would suggest, said Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. While the images of overwhelmed levees were dramatic, “that’s not the real story.” Across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains soils were saturated throughout the spring, he said, and many farmers couldn’t get crops in the ground or had to delay planting until perilously late in the season. “Farmers told me in Eastern Illinois it felt like they were in a monsoon from April til May.” [ read more … ]

Trade

U.S.-China Trade Deal Inches Ahead, Shadowed by Risk of Failure

By Shawn Donnan, Jenny Leonard and Steven Yang, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

After almost two years of negotiations and escalations — and plenty of false dawns — trade negotiators from the U.S. and China are making progress in key areas even as concerns grow that efforts to nail down the first phase of a broader deal are stalling. Some people close to the talks describe them as being in a sensitive, make-or-break stage and caution that what President Donald Trump proclaimed as a done deal a month ago, sending U.S. stocks soaring to records, could still easily fall apart. [ read more … ]

China says it will strive to reach ‘phase one’ trade deal with U.S.

By Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

China will strive to reach an initial trade agreement with the United States as both sides keep communication channels open, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, in an attempt to allay fears talks might be unraveling. China is willing to work with the United States to resolve each other’s core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and will try hard to reach a “phase one” deal, Gao Feng, spokesman at the ministry, told reporters. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Mixed signals in Senate on year-end energy talks

BY Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 20, 2019

Key senators are signaling that a possible year-end agreement on energy taxes is likely to be narrowly focused, despite the emergence of a sweeping clean energy tax package floated by House Democrats yesterday. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) spoke positively of ongoing bicameral negotiations to extend an assortment of lapsed or soon-to-be energy tax breaks by the end of the year, which he said would be aided by the expected passage this week of a continuing resolution to keep government funded until Dec. 20. [ read more … ]

EVs

Auto group fights transparency ‘violation’ in Calif. lawsuit

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 20, 2019

A group of automakers filed a new disclosure statement in federal court after green groups tried to squelch its move to get involved in a legal fight over California’s clean cars program. Attorneys for the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation (CSAR) yesterday brushed away environmental interests’ concerns that the auto group violated transparency rules in its support of the Trump administration’s move to prevent California from setting its own requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. [ read more … ]

3-year study raises doubts about EVs’ future

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 20, 2019

The future of transportation may be less electric and less shared than some think, and millennials won’t change that, according to a study published yesterday by the MIT Energy Initiative. The initiative’s engineers, economists and transportation planners spent three years investigating how technology, policy, infrastructure and consumer choice would affect the transportation sector of the future. They came away with a dim view about the pace of global change toward the most low-carbon forms of travel. [ read more … ]

Will consumer backlash bite into GM’s, Toyota’s profits?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 20, 2019

After several major automakers sided with President Trump in the legal fight over California’s clean car standards, consumers are vowing to boycott those companies. But auto analysts said it’s unlikely the backlash will have a meaningful impact on those companies, which generated hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue last year.
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