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NEWS UPDATE January 7, 2020

Top Story

Weird winter weather stokes farmers’ fears

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2020

Southwest Iowa doesn’t look much like winter these days, with bare ground, mud and roadside patches of green grass around Jeff Jorgensen’s farm. The temperature has been in the 40s as the new year begins. The mild conditions are little comfort to Jorgensen, who’s more worried about the weather a day’s drive to the north, where the next great Missouri River flood will begin — maybe as soon as this spring. [ read more … ]


Refiner Challenges Waiver Denial

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 6, 2020

While EPA received 16 new applications for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a Colorado refining company is challenging the agency in court for rejecting its 2018 request for a waiver. Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. filed an appeal of EPA’s October 2019 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New E.P.A. Rule Would Reduce Truck Pollution, and Avert Tougher State Controls

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 6, 2020

The Trump administration on Monday took its first step toward tighter pollution controls on trucks, an anomalous move for a government known for weakening environmental policies but one that would pre-empt tougher state rules. Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, began the legal and regulatory process for curbing highway emissions of nitrogen dioxide, which has been linked to asthma and other respiratory diseases. [ read more … ]

Everyday weather is linked to human-caused climate change in new study

By Andrew Freedman, Washington Post  •    •  Posted January 6, 2020

For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale. If verified by subsequent work, the findings, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, would upend the long-established narrative that daily weather is distinct from long-term climate change. The study’s results also imply that research aimed at assessing the human role in contributing to extreme weather events such as heat waves and floods may be underestimating the contribution.
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Trump dismisses climate effects in revamped NEPA rule

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2020

The White House is poised to exclude climate considerations from its controversial rewrite of rules surrounding the nation’s core environmental law. The Council on Environmental Quality’s proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act guidelines will likely emerge this week.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.