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NEWS UPDATE January 16, 2020

Top Story

Trump Signs Phase-One Deal

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

Corn, rice and wheat exports could grow under a provision in the agreement that requires China to ensure a quota volume of those grains are imported under low tariffs — known as a tariff rate quota. The deal requires China to conform to the World Trade Organization panel report last year that cited China had not met its import quotas for those grains. The U.S. had sued China in the WTO over its lack of corn, rice and wheat imports and the $100 billion in subsidies China was paying its farmers to grow those crops. [ read more … ]

US-China deal eases trade tensions, but tariffs still cloud LNG, ethanol flows

By Maya Weber, Platts  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

Ethanol is mentioned in a footnote under “other agricultural commodities” as part of the $32 billion in US agricultural products China agreed to buy over two years. But US ethanol exports to China would not likely resume unless China lowers its 70% import tariff that virtually eliminated flows last year. US ethanol accounted for the vast majority of China’s imports before the duty was imposed, and biofuel trade groups are uncertain US producers will benefit from the thaw.
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Trade

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules against hiking ethanol fuel content

By David Alire Garcia and Sharay Angulo, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled against the modification of a fuel rule on Wednesday that would have allowed higher ethanol content in gasoline, similar to content rules in the United States, arguing that regulators exceeded their authority. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Part 2 of rollback arrives at White House

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

The second part of President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards has landed at the White House for review. EPA and the Department of Transportation sent the second portion of the rollback to the White House Office of Management and Budget late yesterday, according to the federal rule-tracking website.
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Policy & Politics

Who Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?

By Lisa Friedman and Claire O’Neill, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce. [ read more … ]

US Department of Energy to provide $75 million for biofuel crop research

By Biofuels International  •    •  Posted January 16, 2020

The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide up to $75 million (€67.4 million) over a five-year period for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops, which are resistant to environmental stress and changing environmental conditions.
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