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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 15, 2020

Top Story

Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer

By Carl Zimmer, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

Ninety-two percent of the world’s people live in places where fine particulate matter — the very small particles most dangerous to human tissues — exceeds the World Health Organization’s guideline for healthy air. Air pollution and tobacco together are responsible for up to 20 million premature deaths each year. Airborne toxins damage us in a staggering number of ways. Along with well-established links to lung cancer and heart disease, researchers are now finding new connections to disorders such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. [ read more … ]

Trade

China Trade Deal Details Protections for American Firms

By Ana Swanson, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

The trade deal that President Trump will sign on Wednesday includes commitments by China to curtail practices that American firms complain put them at a disadvantage and force them to hand over valuable intellectual property to Chinese firms, according to several people with knowledge of the deal.
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SREs

Grassley Said Small-Refinery Exemptions Will be Issue on Trump Campaign Trail

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

As much as Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to see biofuels producers and farmers treated fairly when it comes to small-refinery exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, he also wants to see President Donald Trump win re-election. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump administration moves closer to rolling back U.S. vehicle fuel economy increases

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

New rules enacting President Donald Trump’s reductions in fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles through 2026 moved closer to reality on Tuesday when U.S. agencies sent proposals to the White House for final review. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

11 advisers shaping candidates’ climate policies

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

Climate change and environmental issues have taken on an unprecedented role in the 2020 presidential election. Many of the candidates have had significant help from staff and outside advisers navigating environmental policy, crafting their plans, dealing with interest groups and preparing for the election.
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2020

Can Amy Klobuchar pull off a surprise in Iowa’s presidential caucuses?

By SEEMA MEHTA, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted January 15, 2020

Klobuchar’s message to voters here is that she is a pragmatic progressive with Midwestern, working-class roots and a record of accomplishment in her three terms as a senator, notably on issues important to Iowans. She helped shape three versions of the Farm Bill and has led legislative efforts on biofuels, ethanol and farm bankruptcies. The 59-year-old shuns plans promoted by her more liberal rivals such as universal student-debt forgiveness or free tuition. [ read more … ]

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