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NEWS UPDATE December 6, 2019

Top Story

EPA Chief Says Agency Aims to Set Biofuel Quotas by Dec. 20

By Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 6, 2019

The EPA is seeking to issue a final rule setting 2020 biofuel blending quotas by Dec. 20, the agency’s chief told industry representatives in phone calls Thursday. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler gave the update to renewable fuel producers amid industry concerns the EPA’s existing proposal does not do enough to offset waivers exempting refineries from the mandates, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named describing private conversations. The EPA is seeking to send its draft of the final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for an interagency review later Thursday, Wheeler said, according to four people familiar with the timing. [ read more … ]

EPA chief says addressing biofuel industry concerns over blending mandates: source

By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 6, 2019

The EPA plans to send the proposed 2020 blending mandates to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for approval by the end of the week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. It is not clear whether that plan will include any changes since the agency unveiled the proposal in October. The agency has already missed a Nov. 30 deadline to finalize the 2020 blending rules. Wheeler acknowledged in a phone call that the industry wants greater certainty on blending requirements and said the agency was working to address the issue, the source said. [ read more … ]

Trade

Trump upbeat on U.S.-China talks as Beijing underscores tariff-cut demands

By Gabriel Crossley and Yawen Chen, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 5, 2019

U.S.-China trade talks are “moving right along,” President Donald Trump said on Thursday, striking an upbeat tone even as Chinese officials held fast to their line that existing tariffs must come off as part of an interim deal to de-escalate the 17-month trade war between the two powers. “It’s moving along very well,” Trump told reporters when asked about the talks, a refrain of comments made on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, though, Trump rattled global markets when he said a deal might have to wait until after the 2020 election. [ read more … ]

China maintains tariffs must be reduced for phase one trade deal with U.S

By Gabriel Crossley and Yawen Chen, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 5, 2019

China warned on Wednesday that U.S. legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang will affect bilateral cooperation. But “there is no need to panic,” as talks did not stop, a Chinese source who advises Beijing on the trade talks told Reuters on Wednesday. “Both leaders have talked about reaching a deal, and officials are now finishing the work,” said the source, who thought it unlikely China would retaliate against U.S. legislation by releasing its so-called “unreliable entities list” aimed at punishing firms deemed harmful to Chinese interests. [ read more … ]

RFS/RVO & Supp Proposed Rule

Senators urge EPA to ensure RFS won’t be undermined by SREs

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

A group of nine senators, led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a public comment letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in late November expressing concern over the agencies proposal to account for future small refinery exemptions (SREs). In the letter, the senators note they are concerned that the proposed rule fails to adequately respond to the concerns that have been raised by biofuels producers and others in rural America that depend on certainty in the marketplace.
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Policy & Politics

A big oil company wants to be carbon-free. Is that possible?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 5, 2019

Oil companies increasingly tout emissions reduction targets. But it’s often unclear how they plan to actually cut greenhouse gases. The Spanish oil giant Repsol SA offered some clues earlier this week when it unveiled its goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The announcement itself was notable. While a growing number of companies have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases from their operations, none has committed to eliminating them, until now. [ read more … ]

 

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