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NEWS UPDATE June 30, 2020

Top Story

Governors Warn EPA’s Wheeler Against Approving Retroactive SREs

By Chris Clayton, Senior Editor, DTN  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

The governors’ letter comes after several Midwest senators sent a similar letter last week. Each letter lays out that retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) are inconsistent with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision against EPA’s management of SREs, as well as against congressional intent, EPA’s guidance on the RFS and against the interests of agriculture and rural communities. [ read more … ]

Retroactive SRE Applications

Governors to EPA: Drop the Gap-Year Waivers

By Ken Colombini, Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

“These governors have witnessed first-hand the significant effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. ethanol industry and know that now is not the time for EPA to give in to oil-industry demands and harm the rural American economy further,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “The governors know the value of our members’ work in creating jobs and economic opportunity throughout the American heartland, and we thank them for their passion for this cause.” [ read more … ]

Corn-state governors pressure EPA on RFS ‘gap’ petitions

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

Their letter comes as corn-state lawmakers have been increasing pressure on the EPA to deny the waivers, which they and biofuels producers see as a tactic to circumvent a court ruling earlier this year that sharply restricted the EPA’s ability to grant exemptions. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst announced Friday she wouldn’t support Trump’s nominee to be the EPA’s deputy until the agency said how it would address the waiver requests. [ read more … ]

Ernst, Grassley join flared-up fight over ethanol

By Capitol Dispatch  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

Backers of Iowa’s ethanol industry are fighting a federal government effort to exempt more small refineries from buying the corn-based fuel while also pushing Congress to offer pandemic-related aid.  U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, both Iowa Republicans, joined Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and 12 other senators in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing 52 new exemption requests.  [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Automakers Split in Fight Over Trump’s Fuel Economy Rules

By Ryan Beene and Malathi Nayak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

Four automakers backing a California effort to curb tailpipe emissions will break with some big rivals in the legal battle over the Trump administration’s relaxation of fuel efficiency standards. Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Volkswagen AG and BMW AG will file a joint motion on Monday with a Washington, D.C., appeals court to get involved in litigation challenging the Trump administration’s March rule that weakened future U.S. fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicles, according to Ford. [ read more … ]


House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

The more than 500-page plan, from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, according to people familiar with the details. It also demands an extension of a lucrative tax credit that’s successfully boosted the use of solar power, the people said. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

California’s clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, study finds

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

Led by Eric Fournier, research director at UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities, the team analyzed energy use data for every ZIP Code in Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people. They found that people living in areas more likely to be “disadvantaged communities” — defined by state officials as having high levels of unemployment, poverty, pollution and/or health conditions such as heart disease and asthma — use half as much energy, on average, as people in wealthier areas. [ read more … ]

Saharan dust plume slams U.S., kicks up climate questions

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted June 29, 2020

An enormous dust cloud has finally hit the United States, after journeying 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert across the Atlantic Ocean. The plume darkened the skies in Puerto Rico earlier this week, causing some of the highest atmospheric aerosol concentrations the island had ever seen. By yesterday morning, the cloud had begun to creep over the Gulf Coast. Meteorologists say the hazy skies could last into the weekend. For the time being, it’s unclear whether this particular event is a “meteorological anomaly,” Prospero said, or whether it could be a glimpse into the effects of continued warming. [ read more … ]

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