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NEWS UPDATE December 12, 2019

Top Story

Govs. Walz and Noem for support of E30

By Grand Rapids, Minnesota Herald Review  •    •  Posted December 12, 2019

Recently, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, along with South Dakota Gov. and coalition vice chair Kristi Noem, sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to consider 30 percent ethanol blends, or E30, as a way to reduce toxic aromatics in gasoline.
“Renewable fuels such as E30 are good for the whole country, and I’m grateful that the leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition are making that clear to the Trump administration,” President Wertish said. “We are proud to work with Gov. Walz on his Biofuels Council and advocate for this important market that benefits rural and urban people alike.” [ read more … ]


China says in close communication with U.S. on trade as fresh tariffs loom

By Gabriel Crossley, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 12, 2019

China and the United States are in close communication on trade, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, declining to comment on possible retaliatory steps if Washington imposes more tariffs on Chinese goods this weekend. The United States is due to impose tariffs on almost $160 billion of Chinese imports such as video game consoles, computer monitors and toys on Sunday. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet top trade advisers on Thursday to discuss the move, sources told Reuters previously. [ read more … ]

House Could Vote Next Week on Trade Pact, a Priority for Farm Groups

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

Reflecting the duality of American politics, House Democrats on Tuesday announced they had reached a deal with the Trump administration over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement just hours after House leaders also detailed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The deal reached on USMCA will allow the House of Representatives to vote on the trade pact as early as next week. In a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said changes agreed to during negotiations with the White House, Canada and Mexico over labor and environmental standards, as well as prescription drugs, make USMCA an improved trade pact. [ read more … ]

Proposed RVO & Supplemental Rules

Peterson Critical of EPAs Proposed Actions on RFS

By Office of Rrpresentative Collin Peterson  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

Rep. Collin Peterson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, sent a lettertoday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), raising concerns that the Agency’s October supplemental proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) fails to uphold the integrity of the RFS. “The bottom line is the EPA continues to undermine the RFS at the expense of our farmers and biofuel producers,” Peterson said.  “I’ve said time and time again that any action from EPA that does not uphold the integrity of the RFS is unacceptable.” [ read more … ]


We’re still in

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

The coalition of U.S. states, cities, counties, institutions and businesses still determined to meet the goals of the Paris agreement represents 51 percent of U.S. emissions, 65 percent of the U.S. population and 68 percent of the national GDP, according to the America’s Pledge on Climate Change. [ read more … ]

Democrats mull merits of ‘managed retreat’

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

The federal government needs to stop subsidizing high-risk development and start preparing for a future with a changing climate, experts told Senate Democrats yesterday. Floods have cost the nation $845 billion since 2000, according to NOAA, yet the National Flood Insurance Program is effectively subsidizing homeowners in flood zones, witnesses said at a meeting of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis yesterday.
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N.Y. loses ’round one,’ but fight against Big Oil isn’t over

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

New York’s top lawyer suffered a major defeat yesterday when a state court decided that prosecutors for Attorney General Letitia James (D) did not present enough evidence that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled investors about the threat of climate change to the oil giant’s operations. But state Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager’s ruling in People of the State of New York v. Exxon isn’t likely to chill other battles over the financial risks of climate change, including the lawsuit Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) launched against Exxon during the thick of the Empire State’s three-week trial. [ read more … ]

ExxonMobil just won a big climate court case in New York. But it’s not in the clear yet.

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

ExxonMobil just beat the state of New York in a closely-watched climate fraud case. But other state and local governments suing the oil and natural gas company say they remain confident they can still prevail in their own legal fights. The nation’s largest energy company successfully fended off claims Tuesday by New York that it misled investors for years in how it calculated the financial risks of climate change. The high-profile trial marked the culmination of a four-year-old probe under three top prosecutors in New York. [ read more … ]

Emails: Trump aide had blueprint to unravel climate science

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

A former adviser to President Trump wanted to launch a White House review of the climate science behind EPA regulations to help spur a broader challenge of government research into climate change, newly released emails show. William Happer, who left his position as a senior director at the National Security Council in September, worked with EPA in 2017 to draft ideas for a “red team” review of climate science. Its proposed mission: Question the broad scientific consensus on climate change, the emails revealed. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Study finds enough geologic storage to meet U.N. climate goals

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

There’s room underground for storing enough carbon dioxide to allow the world to hit key critical climate targets, an international research team said in a study published recently in Scientific Reports. The study says as many as 14,000 injection wells will be needed worldwide by 2050 to store up to 7,000 million tons of CO2 a year — large-scale geologic disposal of industrial emissions that researchers call “essential” to significantly reducing heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. [ read more … ]


Andrew Yang targets climate change in big Iowa ad buy

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is spending roughly $500,000 on a new advertisement in Iowa to promote his climate change agenda. Yang’s ad, set to start airing today on television stations in the state that will hold the nation’s first presidential nominating contest of 2020, highlights his commitments to ending tax breaks for fossil fuel companies and implementing a constitutional amendment to guarantee environmental protections. “Iowa has suffered devastating floods and tornadoes. Other states, scorching wildfires and super hurricanes. Our climate is in crisis,” he says in the ad.
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Vietnam’s richest man bets $2B to sell cars to Americans

By Nguyen Kieu Giang and K. Oanh Ha, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted December 11, 2019

The billionaire behind six-month-old Vietnamese auto startup VinFast plans a feat even Toyota Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. couldn’t pull off during their early days: sell a car in the U.S. Pham Nhat Vuong, the Southeast Asian country’s richest man and now in charge of the new automaker, is so intent on exporting electric vehicles to the lucrative American market in 2021 that he’s plowing as much as $2 billion of his own fortune to reach that goal. His cash would account for half the capital investment of VinFast, which began delivering cars to Vietnamese consumers with BMW-licensed engines earlier this year and aims to expand into electric vehicles. [ read more … ]


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