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NEWS UPDATE January 14, 2020

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Trump to Speak at AFBF Again

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 14, 2020

Following the expected signing of a phase one trade deal with China, President Donald Trump plans to speak Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention, the third straight year the president has addressed Farm Bureau’s convention. A White House spokesman confirmed to DTN that Trump will speak at the convention on Sunday. “The president is expected to tout his administration’s work on behalf of American farmers, by strengthening our domestic energy policies and renegotiating trade deals to better benefit all Americans,” the spokesman said. [ read more … ]


China to Ramp Up U.S. Car, Aircraft, Energy Purchases in Trade Deal: Source

By Gabriel Crossley and Hallie Gu in Beijing, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 14, 2020

The Phase 1 agreement calls for Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural goods to increase by some $32 billion over two years, or roughly $16 billion a year, said the source, who was briefed on the deal. When combined with the $24 billion U.S. agricultural export baseline in 2017, the total gets close to the $40 billion annual goal touted by U.S. President Donald Trump. The numbers, expected to be announced on Wednesday at a White House signing ceremony between Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, represent a staggering increase over recent Chinese imports of U.S. manufactured goods, raising some skepticism over how it would be achieved. [ read more … ]


GAO to review Trump admin’s waivers for small refineries

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 13, 2020

The Government Accountability Office will review the Trump administration’s decisions to let certain small refineries sidestep biofuel blending requirements under the renewable fuel standard. In a letter to Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and other lawmakers who urged an investigation, GAO said the request falls under its authority as the investigative arm of Congress.
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At Sea-Tac Airport, where emissions are rising, Gov. Inslee pitches low-carbon fuel standard

By Evan Bush, Seattle Times  •    •  Posted January 13, 2020

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday promoted a statewide low-carbon fuel standard during a visit at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, saying the policy would increase access to biofuels for the aviation industry, a portion of the economy that’s particularly challenging for reducing greenhouse gases. Aviation fuels are exempt from the proposed statewide policy, but airline fuel suppliers could opt into the program and earn credits, and potentially money, from the program. Inslee thinks the policy’s financial incentives would push fuel suppliers to develop supply chains for biofuel. [ read more … ]

US EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit at $1.80, in line with Platts expectations

By Platts  •    •  Posted January 13, 2020

The US Environmental Protection Agency has set the 2020 cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) at $1.80, in line with S&P Global Platts expectations, the agency said on its website. Parties obligated under the Renewable Fuel Standard can purchase the CWC if they are unable to source enough D3 renewable identification numbers to satisfy obligations. [ read more … ]


Warming cost the U.S. an extra $24B — research

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 13, 2020

Extreme weather associated with climate warming drove U.S. property losses $24 billion higher over the past 25 years than would have been expected under a more stable climate regime, according to new research from the American Academy of Actuaries. That’s a “preliminary finding” of the newly released Actuaries Climate Risk Index (ACRI), which seeks to add quantitative muscle to what many insurance companies already believe: Climate change is a force multiplier to private property risk. [ read more … ]


Warren Says Sanders Told Her a Woman Can’t Win: Campaign Update

By Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 14, 2020

President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Des Moines just four days before the Democrats gather for their first presidential nominating contest in Iowa, his campaign announced Monday. Trump’s Jan. 30 event will turn the political spotlight to the president as Democratic candidates are in the crucial final stretch of campaigning before the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucuses. It will be the president’s first visit to Iowa since June, when he traveled to the state to discuss his administration’s plans to change ethanol standards. [ read more … ]

Senator Amy Klobuchar Campaigns in Iowa Ahead of Democratic Debate

By Melody Mercado, WHO  •    •  Posted January 13, 2020

The Minnesota senator spoke to a room filled with voters in Fort Dodge about how she plans to take Midwestern issues to the White House.  Klobuchar is claiming a home field advantage for next week’s Democratic debate in Iowa. She says she is looking forward to bringing rural issues to the debate such as the closings of biodiesel and ethanol plants in the region. Klobuchar says the issues in the Midwest have been missing from the national stage. [ read more … ]


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