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NEWS UPDATE June 16, 2020

Top Story

A War Against Climate Science, Waged by Washington’s Rank and File

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

An inspector general’s report at the Environmental Protection Agency made public in May found that almost 400 employees surveyed in 2018 believed a manager had interfered with or suppressed the release of scientific information, but they never reported the violations. A separate Union of Concerned Scientists survey in 2018 of more than 63,000 federal employees across 16 agencies identified the E.P.A. and Department of Interior as having the least trustworthy leadership in matters of scientific integrity. [ read more … ]

SREs

Refiners take new tack to win EPA ethanol blending waivers

By Eric Wolff, Politico  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

Small refiners have petitioned EPA to grant them economic hardship status dating back to 2013 that would free them from the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates to blend ethanol with their gasoline, oil and ethanol industry sources tell POLITICO. If granted, the unprecedented request would allow small refiners seeking exemptions from RFS requirements for 2020 to meet the standard set by a federal court in January that said only facilities that had obtained those exemptions continuously since they were first offered in 2013 were eligible to receive them for the current year. [ read more … ]

Refiners’ Last-Ditch Effort To Resurrect Small Refinery Exemptions

By Tristan R. Brown, Seeking Alpha  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

The ultimate outlook for the legality of to retroactively awarding exemptions may not matter, though. It has historically taken multiple years for the federal courts to issue decisions on the EPA’s past attempts to reduce refiners’ RIN expenditures. The inevitable lawsuit that would be brought by biofuels producers in response to a retroactive reinstatement by the EPA of the exemptions could take years to be resolved, during which time refiners’ RIN expenditures would feasibly remain low due to weak demand for biofuels blending. The refining sector would not need to win in court in order to successfully reduce their RIN expenditures. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Industry Getting Impatient with the Trump Administration

By Todd Ingstad, Inside Agriculture  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

Just a year ago, President Donald Trump paid a visit to an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Hagstrom Report says the ethanol industry is now appealing to him directly to look into the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Ethanol industry leaders held a telephone news conference last week and sent a letter directly to the president. [ read more … ]

Markets

Ethanol’s Carbon Underground

By Luke Geiver, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

After more than 20 years of research, sponsored largely by the U.S. Department of Energy, the practice of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is poised to become a self-sustaining commercial industry. “The CCS industry in the U.S. is at a turning point,” says Andrew Duguid, senior engineer and CCS expert at Battelle Memorial Institute, a national research and development laboratory that has been a leading player in developing CCS options for two decades. [ read more … ]

COVID-19 projected to rob $89/acre from 2020 corn crop

By Rhiannon Branch, Brownfields  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

An analysis from the National Corn Growers Association predicts a significant revenue loss for corn growers from the COVID-19 pandemic. John Linder chairs the association’s COVID-19 task force. He tells Brownfield the analysis projects a $59 per acre average revenue decline for the 2019 crop and an $89 per acre decline for the 2020 crop compared to pre-pandemic projections. [ read more … ]

U.S. oil & gas rig count hits record low for sixth week: Baker Hughes

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 15, 2020

U.S. energy firms cut the number of oil and natural gas rigs operating to a record low for a sixth week in a row even as oil prices rebound from historic lows and some producers return to the wellhead. The U.S. oil and gas rig count, an early indicator of future output, fell by five to an all-time low of 279 in the week to June 12, according to data from energy services firm Baker Hughes Co going back to 1940. [ read more … ]

2020 Election

Iowa Poll: Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 1 point in tight contest for president

By Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Rehister  •    •  Posted June 16, 2020

The results — which come in the midst of a pandemic and widespread civil unrest — are among a wave of polling that indicates an increasingly unstable electoral map for the president. States like Iowa that were expected to be safe territory for him after clear wins in 2016 now appear to be battlegrounds in 2020. [ read more … ]

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