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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 21, 2020

Top Story

Why ethanol endures as important market for Midwestern farmers

By Jim Spencer and Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

The biofuel’s intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power, especially in the Midwest. Virtually all politicians of all parties, whether they stand against climate change or for petrochemicals, must make the quadrennial pilgrimage to the throne of King Corn to succeed in the nation’s first formal contest of the presidential-nominating season. [ read more … ]

Trade

Iowans: USMCA Is A Win, But Can It Boost A Struggling Farm Economy?

By Elizabeth Meyer, Starting Line  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

President Donald Trump will soon deliver on a signature goal of his presidency, a goal he would not have reached without an assist from an unlikely source: House Democrats. The United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) was approved by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in December and today by the Republican-led Senate. With Trump’s signature, it will become law. [ read more … ]

US ethanol market unfazed by Mexican court ruling

By Wesley Swift, Platts  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

The US ethanol market shrugged off the Mexican Supreme Court’s rejection of the government’s rule that would allow gasoline with up to 10 percent ethanol to be sold in some areas.
“We aren’t doing enough to Mexico to matter in the grand scheme of things,” the source said. “Production being 1,070 million b/d is a bigger issue than the Mexico headline.” The court gave producers, who produce or sell 10% ethanol blends, 180 days to sell their products before the ruling comes into effect. [ read more … ]

SREs

EPA: 21 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

A total of 21 SRE petitions for compliance year 2019 have now been filed. All 21 are still pending. No SRE petitions are currently pending for any other RFS compliance year, and the EPA made no other changes to the data presented on its SRE dashboard.
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Policy & Politics

Ernst To Trump: ‘Fire’ EPA Administrator If Ethanol Promises Aren’t Upheld

By Elizabeth Meyer, Starting Line  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on Thursday told Iowa reporters she would ask President Donald Trump to “fire” Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, if he did not comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard rule to blend 15 billion gallons of ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply this year. Ernst, who voted in February 2019 in favor of Wheeler to lead the EPA, has been a relentless critic of the former coal lobbyist as he works to undermine Iowa’s biofuels industry. [ read more … ]

USDA seeks input on new biofuel infrastructure incentive program

By Ethanol Producer Magaizne  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

The USDA on Jan. 16 launched a request for information (RFI) seeking public input to aid in the creation of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which aims to expand the availability of ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion and sales of renewable fuels. “Feedback from farmers, retailers and biofuels producers is critical to the success of this future program,” said Agriculture Secretary Perdue. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA remains committed to fulfilling a key promise to American farmers to enhance the promotion of biofuels.” [ read more … ]

Farmers see pitfalls in low-carbon fuel mandate

By Capital Press  •    •  Posted January 20, 2020

Several farmers told legislators Thursday that lowering the fossil-fuel content in gasoline and diesel will raise their transportation, equipment and labor costs. Clark County, Wash., farmer Kevin Dobbins said small engines need more maintenance if fueled by an ethanol-gasoline mix and that a mandate on fuel suppliers to mix in more non-fossil fuels would worsen the problem.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.