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NEWS UPDATE April 20, 2020

Top Story

Trump Announces a $19 Billion Bailout for Ailing Farmers

By Mike Dornin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

Though advocates had sought aid for ethanol producers, the package doesn’t include any assistance for biofuels, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a conference call with reporters. The department aims to begin sending payments to farmers by the end of May, Perdue said.
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Relief Funding

USDA Details COVID-19 Ag Aid

By  Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

Left out of the aid package, though, was any aid for the struggling ethanol industry. The Renewable Fuels Association said the industry and the 350,000 workers supported by the biofuels industry “were left behind.” Roughly half of ethanol capacity has gone off-line in the past couple of months due to the collapse in oil prices and driving demand nationally. “USDA missed a crucial opportunity to lend a helping hand to an industry that is suffering the worst economic crisis in its history,” said Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. [ read more … ]

White House to give $19B in farmer aid

By RYAN MCCRIMMON, Politico  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association said USDA “missed a crucial opportunity” to help biofuel producers in crisis as drivers stay off the roads and gasoline consumption plummets. The group said it’s “unfortunate and disappointing that the 350,000 workers supported by America’s ethanol industry were left behind.” Perdue said USDA wasn’t given enough money by Congress to fully address all the farmers in need. [ read more … ]

U.S. announces $19 billion coronavirus aid for farmers, food buys for poor

By Steve Holland, Makini Brice and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which represents corn-based ethanol producers that have suffered due to lack of demand for motor fuels as Americans stay home, was quick to criticize the package. “USDA missed a crucial opportunity to lend a helping hand to an industry that is suffering the worst economic crisis in its history,” RFA President Geoff Cooper said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Beer may lose its fizz as CO2 supplies go flat during pandemic

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

Dwindling supplies of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants are sparking concern about shortages of beer, soda and seltzer water – essentials for many quarantined Americans. Brewers and soft-drink makers use carbon dioxide, or CO2, for carbonation, which gives beer and soda fizz. Ethanol producers are a key provider of CO2 to the food industry, as they capture that gas as a byproduct of ethanol production and sell it in large quantities. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Climate-damaging products should come with smoking-style warnings

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis. Warning labels would be a cheap but potentially highly effective intervention that would make consumers aware of the impact of their purchases on climate breakdown, according to the experts. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Why Is Trump Gutting Regulations That Save Lives?

By Cass R. Sunstein, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 19, 2020

In a pandemic, we need regulatory safeguards in a hurry. Whenever their benefits exceed their costs, they should be welcomed. And even when the pandemic is over, the president of the United States should celebrate, rather than stymie, the efforts of experts, in regulatory agencies and elsewhere, to use their knowledge to prevent unnecessary illnesses, accidents and deaths — and to protect the most vulnerable members of society. [ read more … ]

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