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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE March 12, 2020

Top Story

Pushing Back on RFS Appeal

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

Leaders from biofuel associations, along with corn and soybean farmers, on Wednesday cautioned that President Donald Trump risks his standing with farmers if his administration does not uphold a federal court ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard and apply it nationwide. The call to stand by the RFS comes as ethanol producers are now facing more financial pressure with the recent collapse in oil prices, which could especially erode demand for corn as ethanol plants idle, ethanol producers said in a press call [ read more … ]

Grassley to ramp up pressure after ruling on waivers

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

An already-intense lobbying fight over federal biofuel blending requirements looks poised to heat up even more in the next two weeks, if remarks by Sen. Chuck Grassley yesterday are any indication. Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senate’s most outspoken advocate for ethanol and other biofuels, told reporters he’ll use the next two weeks to turn up pressure on the Trump administration not to appeal a January court ruling that favored the ethanol industry. [ read more … ]

Coronavirsus

Oil Lobbyists Call on Trump to Buy the Dip for Strategic Reserve

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

America’s emergency oil reserves have been used in the past to provide relief from price spikes caused by wars or hurricanes. Now, they could be deployed to help oil drillers reeling from the worst market rout in nearly 30 years. Under a novel plan that’s been pitched by some industry lobbyists, the Trump administration would take advantage of the recent collapse in prices to snap up barrels on the cheap, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked for anonymity to detail private deliberations. [ read more … ]

EPA

Incoming EPA chief of staff draws fire

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

Trump EPA veteran Mandy Gunasekara doesn’t return to the agency until next week, but Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s incoming chief of staff is already drawing fire on Capitol Hill.
Democratic senators this morning raised concerns about her inflammatory, partisan tweets and the ethical implications posed by the unknown funders of the pro-Trump advocacy work Gunasekara has been doing since leaving the administration last February. [ read more … ]

2020

Climate voters help secure Biden’s Mich. victory

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 11, 2020

Exit polls indicated voters, while interested in climate change, did not view it consistently as the No. 2 issue behind health care, as they had in most previous contests. Race relations and income inequality were also key concerns. For those voters who did back climate change, the former vice president won the majority in half the states polled — Missouri and Michigan — according to exit polling by Edison Research for numerous news organizations including CNN and The Washington Post. [ read more … ]

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