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NEWS UPDATE July 31, 2020

Top Story

E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog said Monday it had opened an investigation into the agency’s weakening of Obama-era regulations that would have limited automobile emissions by significantly raising fuel economy standards. The inspector general demanded that top E.P.A. officials turn over briefing materials and other documents pertaining to the regulation, which was finalized in late March as the Trump administration’s single largest rollback of federal climate change rules. [ read more … ]

Relief Legislation

U.S. lawmakers fail to extend federal jobless benefits that are set to expire Friday.

By New York Times  •    •  Posted August 2, 2020

With negotiations over a broader recovery package stalled, Senate Republicans tried to pass a stand-alone bill that would have continued the extra jobless aid payments through the end of the year, but slash them to $200 a week from $600. Mr. McConnell charged that Democrats were unwilling to negotiate, though he later told reporters, “We’re all still talking — we hope we can get an outcome soon.” Democrats said the blame for the breakdown lay squarely with Republicans, who waited until just before the jobless aid was to expire to roll out their opening bid for negotiations with Democrats. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, declared their plan “fundamentally unworkable.” [ read more … ]

Grassley seeks $3 billion for ethanol interests

By Perry Beeman, Iowa Capitol Dispatch  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is lobbying Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allocate at least $3 billion to ethanol interests from a $20 billion pot for agriculture proposed by the Senate.
The money would come from the latest stimulus proposal in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, should it clear Congress and be signed by President Trump. Perdue would decide how the money would be spent, Grassley said. [ read more … ]

Markets

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday. The drop was driven by less demand for coal that is burned for electricity and oil that’s refined into gasoline and jet fuel, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. The declines were in line with lower energy usage around the globe as the pandemic seized up economies. [ read more … ]

Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel Blend Made Available in 12 Locations

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

Ames, Iowa,-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. is expanding availability of REG Ultra Clean at 12 fuel stations in northern California, according to a news release from the company.
REG Ultra Clean is a premium renewable fuel that is a blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel. The company said the fuel is one of the “lowest carbon intensity liquid transportation fuels on the market.” [ read more … ]

China’s Corn-Market Pop Could Lift American Farmers

By Lucy Craymer, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

Corn prices in China are soaring, which could be good news for American farmers. As China’s formerly bloated stockpiles shrink, prices have climbed to a five-year high. Since January, front-month corn futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange have risen 27% to about 2,306 yuan ($329) a metric ton, a level last seen in the summer of 2015. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Klobuchar urges Congress to address challenges in rural America during pandemic

By Jake Rinehart, KEYC  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) addressed her colleagues on the U.S. Senate floor Wednesday, urging them to address the challenges that communities in rural America have been and are facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota senator, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, touched on challenges relating to mental health, accessibility to health care reliable broadband and the economic impact the coronavirus is having on farmers and agricultural producers.
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Campaign 2020

‘We’re back.’ Trump shrugs off grim oil outlook in Texas

By Lesley Clark and Mike Lee, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

President Trump announced a pair of energy initiatives as he stood before a Texas oil rig yesterday, courting an oil and gas industry reeling from the coronavirus as polls suggest a close race this November in a reliably red state. Trump, who raised $7 million for his campaign and other Republicans before arriving at Midland’s Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC’s Rig No. 43 in West Texas, said to applause that he had signed orders extending certain exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas through 2050 and allowing exports of Texas crude to Mexico. [ read more … ]

‘No more energy.’ Trump warns of depression under Biden

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

President Trump used a trip to the nation’s largest oil field yesterday to accuse “Washington radical-left crazy Democrats” of trying to end the U.S. energy industry. The visit, which comes less than 100 days before Election Day, also doubled as a chance for Trump to take credit for a boom of oil and gas development in the Permian Basin over the last three years. At a stop at a Double Eagle Energy oil rig, Trump made the case that the good times would end if he wasn’t reelected. [ read more … ]

EVs

Test a Tesla or Buy a Bolt With Help From Your Electric Company

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 30, 2020

Power companies are loaning out Teslas in Washington, electrifying bus fleets in Virginia and lobbying for electric vehicle tax credits on Capitol Hill. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. even went so far as to help train salespeople on how to convince consumers to buy electric cars and then paid them as much as $500 per sale. It’s all part of a $1.5 billion effort by utilities such as Exelon Corp.and Dominion Energy Inc. to promote vehicles that run on electricity. The companies see it not just as a chance to sell more power, but to balance electricity demand and meet sustainability goals. [ read more … ]

 

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