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NEWS UPDATE February 20, 2020

Top Story

Ethanol exports end 2019 at near-record levels

By Feedstuffs  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

The official numbers are in, and they confirm that U.S. ethanol exports netted the second-highest volume on record in 2019. According to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Assn. (RFA), American shippers rallied at the year’s end, with ethanol sales surging 37% higher to 146.5 million gal. in December. While coming in 13% under the 2018 record, ethanol producers still garnered a robust 1.47 billion gal. in exports last year. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

States, professors support Calif. emissions deal with Quebec

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

States are rallying behind California in a lawsuit filed by the Trump administration in an attempt to strip the Golden State of its cap-and-trade deal with Quebec. Fourteen states led by Democratic attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California yesterday, telling the court that California’s agreement with the Canadian province does not unduly increase state powers. [ read more … ]


Porsche confirms Taycan caught fire in U.S.

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

Porsche confirmed one of its new Taycan electric cars has caught fire in the garage of a U.S. customer, marking the first such incident since Volkswagen AG’s sportscar division started deliveries of the four-door sedan last year. Porsche was notified of the fire on Sunday and is investigating the cause, the company said in an email. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ethanol Producers Ask Whether It’s Time for Growth Energy, RFA To Merge

By Jordan Goodwin and Michael Schneider, OPIS  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

After suffering through nearly two years of tough market conditions and efforts in Washington to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a number of ethanol producers are asking whether it’s finally time for the industry’s two largest trade groups — Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) — to combine operations. Such a consolidation, the producers said, would save money at a time when the industry is increasingly strapped for cash and could strengthen ethanol’s clout in Washington. [ read more … ]

Bloomberg’s Farming Quote Would Harm Iowa Down-Ballot Dems

By Pat Rynard, Iowa Starting Line  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

Mike Bloomberg didn’t show up for any of the Iowa Caucus after getting in the race too late, and with how his comments on farming have gone over in recent days, he may also not be back here if he’s the nominee. The Bloomberg campaign already seemed doubtful that Iowa would be competitive in the general election, but whether or not the eventual nominee contests the state, Iowa is crucial to Democrats’ hopes for congressional majorities. The Joni Ernst race could determine control of the Senate. All four of Iowa’s House seats are competitive, including the two where Democrats flipped red districts in 2018. [ read more … ]


Climate Change and Ethanol: Get the Facts Right

By Andrea Kent, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 19, 2020

A few short months ago, the world watched as a series of massive bushfires tore across Australia. Since the fire season began in July, record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled the worst wildfires the country has seen in decades, with large swaths of the country devastated. The fires were another stark and threatening reminder that our environment, and the impacts of climate change, cannot be ignored. [ read more … ]


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