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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE February 28, 2020

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Republican senators urge Trump to appeal refinery ruling

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

Thirteen senators today called on the Trump administration to appeal a federal court ruling that could force more small refineries to meet the renewable fuel standard’s biofuel blending requirements. Led by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the lawmakers urged President Trump in a letter not to let stand a ruling that EPA was overly broad in granting biofuel exemptions to small refineries in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. [ read more … ]

Senators Want Trump to Appeal 10th Circuit Ruling on Waivers

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

“IF allowed to stand, the decision will put a dozen small refineries in the 10th Circuit under severe financial strain and thousands of jobs at risk,” the letter said. “If applied nationally, it will jeopardize nearly all small refineries. More widely, the decision will dramatically increase RFS compliance costs for refineries of all sizes and raise gasoline prices for American drivers.”
The senators ask Trump to file a petition for rehearing en banc before the full 10th Circuit, although the 10th Circuit accepts requests for en banc hearings on 10% of cases, or to seek review before the U.S. Supreme Court. [ read more … ]

SREs

U.S. EPA has no announcement yet on response to court ruling on refinery waivers

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday the EPA had no announcement yet on how it will respond to a federal court decision addressing exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws. His comments came a day after a Bloomberg News report said the administration had decided to pare the number of exemptions granted to smaller refineries from U.S. biofuel blending laws in response to the court decision. [ read more … ]

Perdue and Wheeler hype partnership amid strife

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue declared themselves friends and partners today, even as their agencies struggle to agree on some issues important to farmers. The environmental agency is “not an enemy; it’s a friend,” Perdue said in introducing Wheeler to state agriculture officials at USDA headquarters and citing EPA’s rewrite of the Waters of the U.S. regulation.
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Climate

Congresswoman Angie Craig Leads Letter Reiterating Support for Biofuels, Reducing Carbon Emissions

By Office of Representative Craig  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) delivered a letter signed by 11 members on the bipartisan Congressional Biofuels Caucus urging the Select Committee on Climate Crisis to include biofuels as a cost-effective and readily available solution for further decarbonization. The Select Committee must consider the declining carbon intensity of biofuels, as well as future decreases that can bring biofuels near net-zero emissions by 2050,” wrote the Members. “Ethanol’s carbon intensity is declining due to improved efficient farming practices and increased crop productivity that uses existing crop land efficiently and is not producing land cover change.”
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EVs

2 reports highlight why U.S. lags on EVs

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2020

America’s confused policies on clean transportation are a chief reason why the country is selling a meager number of electric vehicles and missing out on billions of investment dollars compared with China and Europe, according to new research. Last year’s sales figures provide a striking example. Sales of passenger EVs in the European Union and the United Kingdom rose by 54% as the European Union geared up for strict new emissions standards, according to a new study by S&P Global Platts Analytics. Meanwhile, an ongoing emissions battle between California and the Trump administration contributed to American EV sales dropping by 9%. [ read more … ]

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