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NEWS UPDATE May 14, 2020

Top Story

Ethanol producers would get cash payments under House bill

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

Biofuel producers hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic would receive cash assistance from the Department of Agriculture as part of the relief bill released by House Democrats yesterday. The bill would allow the USDA to pay biofuel producers 45 cents per gallon produced between Jan. 1 and May 1 — a helping hand advocated by several lawmakers from ethanol- and biodiesel-producing states, as well as by biofuel industry groups. [ read more … ]

Relief

House Includes Aid for Biofuels in Relief Act

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ag Wired  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

Help for struggling ethanol producers is included in the new COVID-19 legislative relief package, thanks to the efforts of Democratic Reps. Cindy Axne (IA-01), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Angie Craig (MN-02). The Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program included in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) would authorize USDA to provide assistance of 45 cents per gallon of qualifying ethanol produced from January 1 through May 1, 2020. P [ read more … ]

Energy, environment advocates get a bite of $3T behemoth

By George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

House leaders largely left out contentious energy policy and environmental aid provisions from the $3 trillion pandemic bill Democrats plan to pass later this week, but some priorities did make it into the massive package. On Monday, House leaders released H.R. 6800, which seeks to marshal the resources of the federal government to fight and recover from the crisis. For energy advocates and environmentalists, the most notable aspect of the 1,815-page bill is what’s absent — significant new policies. [ read more … ]

House Democrats don’t touch oil and gas company aid in new coronavirus bill

By Dino Grandoni with Paulina Firozi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

House Democrats unveiled a huge, new coronavirus relief package that would inject more than $3 trillion into state and local governments, health systems and other parts of the economy rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. But absent are any new policies to boost renewable forms of energy and wean the country off of fossil fuels that could gum up passing the massive package expected to receive a vote on Friday. [ read more … ]

Pandemic/Emissions

South Dakota Farmers Union Signs Letter Calling out EPA for Failure to Protect Americans 

By Karla Hofhenke, South Dakota Farmers Union  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

South Dakota Farmers Union joined a broad group of ten energy and agriculture organizations in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to condemn statements by its own Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee that dismissed the findings of a recent study by Harvard University linking air pollution to higher fatalities from the Covid-19. SDFU’s president, Doug Sombke, also urged EPA Administrator Wheeler to immediately remove CASAC’s Chairman, Tony Cox, for blatant conflict of interest violations. [ read more … ]

RFS Waiver Request

Pa. Governor Asks EPA For Waiver From Renewable Fuel Standard

By Todd Neeley, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Wolf said rising RFS volumes are “severely harming the economies of both the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the entire East Coast region. Merchant refiners such as those in Pennsylvania are struggling to maintain viability under current volume requirements. These refineries face RFS compliance costs that exceed their payroll costs, and, as a result, refiners have laid off employees, reduced benefits, and delayed capital projects.” [ read more … ]

Markets

Huge plantings, record crop to push U.S. corn supplies to 33-year high – USDA

By Mark Weinraub, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

U.S. corn supplies will rise to their highest in 33 years due to massive plantings and what is expected to be a record crop – a bounty so big that it will outweigh export demand and increased ethanol usage as the biofuel sector recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government said on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Oil demand may not recover until 2026 — report

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic could flatten oil demand through the next decade ahead of a steep, permanent decline beyond 2030. Or not — according to a trio of possible outlooks for energy developed by research firm and consultancy Wood Mackenzie. In each scenario and in a separate Brattle Group analysis, demand for crude oil is forecast to take until at least 2026 to recover. [ read more … ]

Trump says oil moving ‘to greatness.’ 4 reports disagree

By Lesley Clark and Mike Lee, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

President Trump said yesterday that the oil industry is turning the corner, and his Energy secretary echoed the enthusiasm, insisting in two interviews that the industry is on the verge of what the administration calls a “transition to greatness.” “What we’re seeing in the markets today [is] stability, and that’s what’s important for these energy companies to survive this pandemic and to explode with economic activity on the other side,” Dan Brouillette said in a Fox Business Network interview. [ read more … ]

2020

Will climate shape Biden’s VP search? Meet the vetters

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

A year ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his vision for a Green New Deal. He followed up in February with a laundry list of green directives — congestion pricing, fossil fuel divestment, aggressive decarbonization timelines — that echoed the most progressive plans in the presidential field. Now Garcetti is helping Joe Biden pick his running mate. [ read more … ]

Commentary

A Message from Dave: COVID-19, Air Pollution and Ethanol

By Dave VanderGriend, Urban Air Initative  •    •  Posted May 13, 2020

The last few months have been tough, the sudden distress caused by COVID-19 has caused so much harm and heartache for all of us. But if there is something positive coming from this pandemic, it is the world’s attention on air pollution, tailpipe emissions and the need to improve air quality. And you, working in the ethanol industry have the unique ability to improve gasoline and subsequently, the air we all breathe. [ read more … ]

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