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NEWS UPDATE March 11, 2020

Top Story

Grassley Appeals to Trump to Let RFS Ruling Stand

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

After hearing last week the administration could appeal the 10th Circuit decision, Grassley said he reached out to several “high-level” officials. He made the point that farmers and others in ethanol industry remain skeptical over whether the administration is really serious when it comes to the Renewable Fuels Standard and the promised 15 billion gallons of blend volume.
Grassley also said fellow Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst also called President Trump “urging him to not let his EPA appeal. By not appealing, he would simply be following the law and the president would reduce the skepticism that people have about Wheeler going along with what the court case said, and what we agreed to back in September.” [ read more … ]

Energy Bill

Energy bill stalled amid amendment gridlock

BY REBECCA BEITSCH AND JORDAIN CARNEY  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

A mammoth energy policy bill hit a roadblock in the Senate on Monday night with a stalemate over amendments threatening to derail the legislation entirely. Lawmakers voted against closing debate on an updated version of the bill that included a package of noncontroversial amendments forwarded by its sponsors, a sign lawmakers are still eager to push for some of the 191 amendments that have been proposed for the bill. [ read more … ]

Coronavirsus

‘Don’t panic’ — Perdue details USDA’s virus plans

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

At a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Perdue said the department approved telecommuting for USDA workers in Seattle, where there’s been an outbreak of the illness. But a request from a more distant Forest Service site wasn’t approved, he said. “As you know, we’ve got a lot of people who depend on USDA on a daily basis, from farmers and ranchers to consumers out here, and we have to carry on our work,” Perdue said at the hearing on his department’s fiscal 2021 budget request. [ read more … ]

Trump considers relief for shale producers during outbreak

By Hannah Northey and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

The White House is considering support for U.S. shale producers hit hard by an expanding new coronavirus outbreak and cratering oil prices, one source familiar with the proposal told E&E News. It’s unclear when or how the idea will be unveiled and what the White House will include, but the source suggested it could take the form of royalty relief. [ read more … ]

Republicans lukewarm on oil industry rescue

By Jeremy Dillon and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

As oil markets wake up from yesterday’s historic drop in prices, a recurring theme throughout Capitol Hill called into question a need for any type of government financial assistance to aid the oil and natural gas industry. And according to the oil lobby, it isn’t looking for any either. “We believe we should not be reacting to one day of a market downturn,” Mike Sommers, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said during a call with reporters last night.
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Climate

Honolulu sues Big Oil for climate damages

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

Josh Stanbro, Honolulu’s chief resilience officer, said during a press conference announcing the lawsuit that the city is following the footsteps of dozens of other municipalities challenging oil companies for “unjustly having to bear climate change and its impacts due to the information that’s been withheld over time by the fossil fuel corporations.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla’s Success in Europe Catches Industry Off Guard

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

Until recently European auto executives regarded Tesla with something like bemusement. The electric car upstart from California was burning cash, struggling with production problems, and hedge funds were betting it would fail. The car executives are not laughing anymore. Almost overnight, the Tesla Model 3 has become one of the best-selling cars in Europe. In December, only the Volkswagen Golf and Renault Clio sold more, according to data compiled by JATO Dynamics, a market research firm.
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Policy & Politics

Trailblazing energy company links up with national group in support of its biofuels agenda

By Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted March 10, 2020

A leading Australian firm has become a member of a national energy organisation. Viva Energy Australia has linked up with peak national body BioEnergy Australia with CEO Scott Wyatt saying the decision supports the company’s existing investment in biofuels distribution. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.