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NEWS UPDATE February 19, 2020

Top Story

China starts to reopen gates to US ethanol

By Donavan Lim, Platts  •    •  Posted February 18, 2020

China will offer tariff exemptions of nearly 700 types of goods from the US, including fuel ethanol, the Chinese government announced Tuesday, but traders are currently uncertain about its impact on future imports. Importers can apply for tariff exemptions starting from March 2, according to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council. [ read more … ]

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Trump’s tailpipe rollback would boost emissions — study

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 18, 2020

President Trump’s rollback of vehicle fuel economy standards would pump an additional 654 million metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere compared with tailpipe standards set by President Obama, according to new research. The analysis by the Rhodium Group, an economic consulting firm, looked at the rollback’s cumulative impact on greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption.
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The Trump administration struggles with regulatory math

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted February 18, 2020

The Trump administration is having a little trouble with numbers. Chiefly, Trump officials don’t seem to be able to get the math to work for some of the administration’s biggest environmental regulatory rollbacks. If they don’t figure it out soon, the White House’s promise to undo signature Obama-era climate and air pollution regulations before the November election will fall flat. [ read more … ]


Wheeler: Severe climate scenario is ‘fear propaganda’

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 18, 2020

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told a Brazilian newspaper that a severe climate scenario used regularly in scientific assessments is responsible for “fear propaganda.” Wheeler twice raised concerns about the so-called Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5, or RCP 8.5, in an interview with the news outlet Folha de S.Paulo during a trip to Brasília, Brazil, earlier this month. That’s the most pessimistic climate modeling scenario used by international and U.S. climate scientists to estimate the possible risks of climate change. [ read more … ]


Iowa deserves answers on EPA biofuel policies

By Ray Gaesser, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 18, 2020

Iowa lawmakers recently scored a potential win for farmers by convincing the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to investigate secretive federal handouts to major oil refiners. Over three years, the Environmental Protection Agency managed to destroy more than 4 billion gallons of biofuel demand, delivering a major blow to struggling corn and soybean farmers. hose markets were turned over to oil companies like Exxon and Chevron via dozens of so-called small refinery exemptions, or SREs, under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Now, just weeks later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit overturned three exemptions, declaring that the EPA “abused its discretion” by approving the handouts [ read more … ]


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