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NEWS UPDATE November 22, 2019

Top Story

Trump admin provides ‘customer’ service to troubled refinery

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

A pollution-plagued oil refinery that shut down in 2012 is now on the verge of reopening in the U.S. Virgin Islands, thanks to the aid of EPA chief Andrew Wheeler. The Limetree Bay refinery, formerly one of the world’s largest, is now primarily owned by a Boston-based private equity group with ties to President Trump. ArcLight Capital Partners LLC is hoping to restart the refinery in a poor, predominantly black and Latino area of St. Croix in time to cash in on an international low-sulfur fuel standard that takes effect in January. [ read more … ]

Trade

China’s Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S.

By Ryan Woo and Cheng Leng, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 22, 2019

China wants to work out an initial trade pact with the United States and has been trying to avoid a trade war, President Xi Jinping said on Friday, but is not afraid to retaliate when necessary. Economists warn that a prolonged dispute between the world’s two largest economies is elevating risks to the global economy by disrupting supply chains, curtailing investment and curbing business confidence. “We want to work for a ‘phase one’ agreement on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” Xi told representatives of an international forum, according to a pool report. [ read more … ]

Proposed Supplemental Rule

Tax Credits, RFS Get Attention In D.C. As Biofuels Sector Continues To Struggle

By Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

As the closure of the comment period on an Environmental Protection Agency rule regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) approaches at the end of the month, farm state lawmakers and biofuels advocates continue their push for a deal they say the president promised them. [ read more … ]

Grassley pushes Trump, EPA to make changes that will restore biofuels demand

By Donnelle Elle, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he met with President Donald Trump this week to push for changes that would restore demand for renewable fuel lost to oil industry waivers. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said he met with Trump on Tuesday, making it clear that he was unhappy with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of national biofuels policy. The EPA determines each year the amount of ethanol and biodiesel, produced from corn and soybeans, that oil refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel supply under a federal mandate called the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. [ read more … ]

2020

BUTTIGIEG: The November Democratic debate – The Washington Post

By Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

We shouldn’t have to pay farmers to take the edge off of a trade war that shouldn’t have been started in the first place. I will support farmers, but not long ago, I was in Boone, Iowa, a guy came up to me, he said I got my Trump bailout check, but I would have rather spent that money on conservation. By the way, this isn’t even making farmers whole. If you’re in soybeans, for example, you’re getting killed. And it’s not just what this president has done with the trade war. In a lot of parts of the country, the worst thing is these so-called small refinery waivers, which are killing those who are involved in ethanol. [ read more … ]

Democrats use debate to target fossil fuels

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

Democratic presidential hopefuls Tom Steyer and Joe Biden briefly clashed during last night’s primary debate over their records and plans to address climate change. Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager, is polling near the bottom of the 10-candidate pack that qualified for last night’s debate in Atlanta under the Democratic National Committee’s standards. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Is Big Oil feeling the heat?

By Mike Carr, The Hill  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

Big Oil sued to stop EPA from fulfilling the promise of the RFS and tried to force the Obama administration to ratchet back the biofuels targets. They funded junk science “studies” to show biofuels were actually no better than gasoline (as long as you assumed farmers and biorefineries burned a lot of fossil fuels to produce biofuels), that EVs are worse for the environment than gasoline cars (as long as you assume you run the factory and power the EV only with coal power), and that higher blends of biofuels in gasoline could be harmful to engines. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Moniz leads push for clean energy innovation

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

“Let me deliver the punchline up front: The scale and pace needed for the low-carbon energy transition, which is underway, has come to be understood as much greater than was put forward just four years ago at the Paris COP21 meeting, and DOE stands at the center of the energy science and technology innovation solutions that will position the United States for economic, environmental and security success in that transition,” Moniz said. [ read more … ]

New York approves E15 sales

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 21, 2019

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets published a notice of adoption in the New York State Register on Nov. 20 allowing the sales of E15 within the state. The move opens the fourth-largest fuel market in the U.S. to sales of E15. The process to allow E15 sales in New York has been lengthy. A proposed rule issued by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets in August 2016 was withdrawn the following month. In a notice posted to the New York State Register Sept. 21, 2016, the department said the proposed rule was withdrawn because “several objections were received to the express terms of the proposed rule.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla Unveiled Its Electric Pickup Truck. It’s Pointy.

By Karen Zraick, Neal Boudette and Daniel Victor, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 22, 2019

Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, on Thursday unveiled the “Cybertruck,” an electric pickup truck that the company hopes will rival Ford’s best-selling F-150 line. Its design ensured it would certainly stand out on the road. Looking little like traditional pickup trucks, the Cybertruck, which will start at $39,900, has a stainless steel exterior with a triangular roof. “Trucks have been the same for a very long time,” Mr. Musk said at an event in Los Angeles. “Like a hundred years, trucks have been basically the same. We want to try something different.”
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