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NEWS UPDATE July 28, 2020

Top Story

Economic relief talks ramp up as GOP releases bill; Democrats, White House officials meet

By Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim, Washington Post  •    •  Posted July 28, 2020

The prospects for a bipartisan deal remained far from certain as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) met late Monday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to begin formal negotiations. The White House officials described the talks as productive and said they would resume on Tuesday, but Democrats left the nearly two hour meeting describing the initial GOP offer as inadequate. [ read more … ]

Aromatics

Replacing toxic additives in our fuel

By Emily Skor, Biomass Magazine  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

As policymakers and public health experts dig deeper into the human costs of air pollution, including heightened risk from COVID-19 among vulnerable communities, a rapidly growing body of research is raising awareness of the threat posed by toxic fuel additives, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX).
These petroleum-based aromatic compounds play a dominant role in the formation of toxic emissions linked to cancer, as well as neurological, cardiovascular, and reproductive damage. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 4.2 million premature deaths globally are linked to air pollution, marking it as one of the world’s top killers. [ read more … ]

Hand Sanitizer

Of Wine, Hand Sanitizer and Heartbreak

By Adam Nossiter, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

The economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus, combined with the Trump administration’s 25 percent tax on French wines in the trade war dispute with Europe, has collapsed the wine market. Mr. Mader, whose high-quality Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are sent to fancy restaurants and shops on both sides of the Atlantic, has lost half his sales since December. “Covid is a catastrophe for us,” he said. And so some of the succulent and subtle white wine for which this region is famous, nurtured on the stony, sunbathed Alsace slopes, will wind up as hand sanitizer. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Funds Available to Fuel Retailers to Offer Higher Blends of Ethanol

By Eric Pfeiffer, Hoosier Ag Today  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

Indiana ethanol plants are running at 60%-65% capacity due to COVID-19. Indiana Corn Marketing Council is trying to help with ethanol demand by talking to fuel retailers about adding Unleaded 88 or E85 to their offerings. Helena Jette, director of biofuels for ICMC, says they offer some matching funds to retailers for things like, “Pump expenses, underground storage tanks, lines, things that are above ground that are needing refreshed like branding, making sure that those are consistent with the market and how they’re offering the products so that we’re not confusing the consumer because that that can happen if you’re not careful on how you’re branding it.
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Trump says China trade deal means “much less” to him now

By Rhiannon Branch, Brownfield News  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

President Trump says the phase one trade deal with China means “much less” to him now than when he made it. Trump made the comment in a White House press briefing Thursday after being questioned about the cancellation of the GOP convention in Jacksonville, Florida due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Letter: ‘It should have never happened’

By Orrie Swayze, Aberdeen News  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

All can be reversed profitably as already demonstrated in South Dakota by taxing imported oil consumers to create a South Dakota ethanol industry making competitive ethanol accessible, saving them money purchasing fuel proven safe for all autos, low carbon, more power, same mileage, cheaper half E-85 blends. In fact, such a plan will reboot the agriculture and U.S. economies. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Hope outlasts prosperity in town flattened by oil bust

By Erika Bolstad, special to E&E News  •    •  Posted July 27, 2020

Even for a pandemic, Main Street is quiet, maybe the quietest it’s been during the decade of furious construction that built western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields into the second largest oil-producing region in the nation. In recent years, Watford City added hundreds of new apartments, a new high school and elementary school, a hospital, a law enforcement center, a sewer plant, a highway bypass, and even a community-built nonprofit day care. And, of course, an $83 million event center on a hill east of town, financed in part with a penny sales tax and an aggressive monthly repayment schedule that had many here nervous as oil prices began collapsing this spring and as the pandemic kept people from stores. [ read more … ]

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