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NEWS UPDATE February 11, 2020

Top Story

Energy Markets Need Winter, and Climate Change Is Taking It Away

By Olga Tanas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 10, 2020

Even before the deadly virus struck, another menace confronted the global energy industry: the warmest winter anyone can remember. Russia’s winter was so balmy that snow was trucked into downtown Moscow for New Year, and bears came out of hibernation. In Japan, ski competitions were canceled and the Sapporo Snow Festival had to borrow snow. On the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago residents watched playgrounds and beaches disappear under the waves as warm weather swelled the water level. Norwegians basked in T-shirts in January. London’s spring daffodils have already flowered. [ read more … ]

SREs

Wheeler: Court Decision Could Change Small Refinery Program

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted February 10, 2020

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the recent 10th Circuit Court decisionregarding small refinery exemptions may have a significant impact on the program. “That (court decision) has the potential to completely, of changing the small refinery program,” said Wheeler on Friday. “We’re taking a close look at the 10th circuit decision and the ramifications to the program and we’ll have something out on that shortly.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Antarctica Sets Record High Temperature: 64.9 Degrees

By Derrick Bryson Taylor, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 10, 2020

Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth, set a record high temperature on Thursday, underscoring the global warming trend, researchers said. Esperanza, Argentina’s research station on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, reached 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 18.2 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 63.5 degrees set on March 24, 2015, according to Argentina’s National Meteorological Service. The station has been recording temperatures since 1961. The temperature at Esperanza, where it is summer, was comparable to the weather in Los Angeles and Huntsville, Ala., where the high temperatures were 64 on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Calif. uses privacy agreement to shield talks with automakers

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 10, 2020

California regulators are engaged in secretive discussions with four automakers as they seek to finalize a historic agreement struck seven months ago to reduce tailpipe emissions in defiance of President Trump’s effort to loosen federal climate rules for cars. Details of the negotiations stemming from the deal, which provoked an unsuccessful antitrust probe by the Trump administration and the president’s personal derision, are being withheld from the public to satisfy the terms of nondisclosure agreements between California officials and the car companies, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. [ read more … ]

Comments

How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

By Miranda Green, New Republic  •    •  Posted February 10, 2020

In the wake of Iowa’s caucus vote-counting disaster, political staffers and pollsters alike are reconsidering the state’s “first in the nation to vote” status. The quaint caucuses and infamous fry-forward state fair could disappear were Iowa were to be dethroned. But so too could one of Iowa’s largest industries, which has managed to carve out an outsized role in debates over renewable energy: ethanol. [ read more … ]

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