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NEWS UPDATE April 15, 2020

Top Story

Phase of the day — ‘Retain without revision’

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

The proposal has long been in the works but happens to come hot on the heels of preliminary research out of Harvard University connecting long-term exposure to particulate matter with increased mortality rates from the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “Now of all times is not the moment to halt progress from clean air protections when we have a respiratory pandemic sweeping over the whole world,” said Vijay Limaye, an environmental health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Trump administration declines to tighten soot pollution standards – EPA chief

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it had decided not to tighten air quality regulations governing soot pollution, arguing that the current standards are adequate to protect human health. “We believe that the current standard is protective of public health… and does not need to be changed,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a conference call with reporters. [ read more … ]

US greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2018, EPA says

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions increased by about 3 percent in 2018, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The increase follows declines in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. For example, emissions fell by about half a percent in 2017and by nearly 3 percent in 2016. The last time greenhouse gas emissions increased was 2014. [ read more … ]

US power sector GHGs projected to fall 7.5% in 2020 amid record drop in global emissions

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

The economic halt caused by COVID-19 is expected to decrease global carbon emissions by 5% in 2020, the largest annual decline ever, according to an April 9 analysis from Carbon Brief. U.S. power sector emissions are expected to drop 7.5% this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released last week.
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Markets

Thirst for Oil Vanishes, Leaving Industry in Chaos

By Russell Gold, Benoit Faucon and Rebecca Elliott, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 15, 2020

No one expected 2020 would unleash a world-wide oil-production cut led by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia. But since the new coronavirus hit, the world’s thirst for oil has vanished, creating an unprecedented crisis for one of the planet’s most powerful industries. With billions of people in lockdown to avoid the virus, crude-oil demand has collapsed as people stop driving and airplanes are grounded. [ read more … ]

Ethanol picture changes dramatically in light of COVID-19

By ANDREA JOHNSON, Courier  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

“China was going to a 10 percent ethanol blend. When they set their mind on things, we were anticipating maybe picking up some corn exports to China to help them meet this 10 percent ethanol blend,” said Ed Usset, University of Minnesota Grain Marketing economist. Usset spoke at the Soybean Symposium sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Checkoff and held via webinar on March 26. [ read more … ]

Valero idles 8 ethanol plants, reduces production at 6 facilities

By By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

Valero Energy Corp. filed an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13 announcing it has temporarily idled eight of its ethanol plants and is reducing production at its remaining six ethanol plants in response to falling demand due to COVID-19. The filing provides investors with an update on the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and certain developments in the global oil markets on its business and operations. [ read more … ]

Trump’s oil deal may not be enough to save some U.S. oil companies

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 14, 2020

Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States reached a major Easter weekend deal to cork the gush of oil flooding the world market during the coronavirus pandemic. But the move may not be enough to rescue the U.S. petroleum producers most struggling to stay afloat during what is shaping up to be the biggest economic downturn to hit the oil and gas sector in decades. [ read more … ]

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