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NEWS UPDATE April 29, 2020

Top Story

Tax Groups, Think Tanks Want RFS Waiver

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted April 29, 2020

Pressure is mounting on President Donald Trump to change the Renewable Fuel Standard in light of the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19. A number of tax, environmental and political think tanks sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday asking him to make changes to the law. In recent weeks, governors in five states and the mayors of two cities in Ohio made similar requests, citing increased RFS costs imposed on the oil and gasoline sectors. [ read more … ]

Markets

Corn near 1-week low as weakening oil prices curb ethanol demand

By Naveen Thukral, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

Chicago corn futures were little changed on Tuesday after dropping 3% in the last session, with the market facing headwinds from slowing demand for the grain-based fuel ethanol and favourable U.S. crop weather. Wheat and soybeans ticked higher for the first time in three sessions. [ read more … ]

U.S. Oil Producers Begin Storing Crude in Strategic Reserve

By Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

U.S. oil producers running out of space for storage amid an unprecedented slump in demand have started making deliveries to the nation’s emergency stockpile. This month, 1.1 million barrels have been delivered into Strategic Petroleum Reserve storage. The Energy Department has finalized contracts announced earlier this month for companies to rent about 23 million barrels of capacity in the SPR, according to an official. [ read more … ]

Surprising Shortage Of Carbon Dioxide Threatens Food And Beverage Industries

By Lana Bandoim, Forbes  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has created multiple shortages as businesses shut down to maintain social distancing and quarantine orders. As the production of ethanol plants decreases, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) they capture as a byproduct and resell is also going down. This has implications for both food and beverage manufacturers that depend on CO2 for carbonation. [ read more … ]

Pollution/Emissions

No silver lining: Mexico City smog defies coronavirus lockdown

By Raul Cortes Fernandez, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

While city dwellers around the world take some consolation in improved air quality thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, festering garbage dumps, dirty diesel-fueled generators and frequent forest fires have ensured Mexico City remains smog-filled. Traffic in the normally congested megacity of more than 20 million people has thinned dramatically as residents heed the government’s call to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus that has killed more than 200,000 people worldwide. [ read more … ]

‘Bogus analysis’: Trump-appointed EPA advisers criticize study linking air pollution and coronavirus deaths

By Abby Smith, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

Trump administration appointees to key panels that advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science are criticizing a study that concludes areas with higher levels of air pollution will experience higher death rates from the coronavirus. The study, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has led to increased public pressure on the EPA in recent weeks, threatening the agency’s deregulatory agenda on air pollution rules. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

How Concern Over Climate Change Correlates With Coronavirus Responses

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted April 28, 2020

Adults who say they are not concerned about climate change are less likely than the general public to be taking personal actions to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, new Morning Consult data shows. And in contrast, climate-concerned U.S. adults are more likely to be taking these actions, which include wearing masks in public, social distancing and disinfecting the home and personal electronics. [ read more … ]

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