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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE August 19, 2020

Top Story

Trump Losing Support Among Farmers Over Handling of Virus, Survey Says

By Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 20, 2020

President Donald Trump is losing re-election support among farmers over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey by agriculture publisher DTN Progressive Farmer. A survey of at least 500 farmers showed 71% plan to vote for Trump, down from 89% in April, DTN said Wednesday in a statement. The data showed 43% were satisfied with the response to the pandemic, down from 84%. [ read more … ]


Sen. Ernst Tells President Gap-Year RFS Waivers Should be Rejected

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

American farmers have been left to wonder for the past several months, exactly what was going on behind closed doors at the EPA when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The overarching question being asked by many: Is President Donald Trump making a calculated political decision to freeze all EPA action on all things RFS until after the November election? Including pending small-refinery exemption requests and the release of a 2021 volumes proposal. Maybe that calculus shifted a bit on Tuesday, when a federal lawmaker from Iowa put Trump on the biofuels hotseat during his stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. [ read more … ]

Trump vows to ‘speak’ to EPA on SREs

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to speak to EPA about the fight over small refinery exemptions to ethanol blending mandates after Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) pressed the administration to “dispense” with the waiver requests at an event in Cedar Rapids, [ read more … ]

In Iowa, Trump promises to personally get involved in corn farmers’ dispute with EPA

By Abby Smith, Washington Examoner  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

Iowa corn farmers could get a boost in a long-running dispute with oil refiners as President Trump pledged to talk to Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing biofuels requirements on their behalf. Trump said Tuesday during a visit to Iowa that he’ll personally weigh in with EPA officials on dozens of exemption waivers small oil refiners are seeking for prior years of federal biofuels blending requirements. [ read more … ]

Iowa biofuels groups to Trump: Rural Iowa won’t recover without full ethanol sales

By Perry Beeman, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

Four major Iowa agricultural groups on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a letter thanking him for federal storm aid but contending that rural Iowa won’t recover if he lets small refineries sidestep required ethanol purchases. Trump planned to visit Cedar Rapids late Tuesday morning to see damage from the Aug. 10 derecho storm that killed three Iowans. The wind storm caused an estimated $4 billion in damage to crops, homes, buildings and infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

EPA Administrators tell their story

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

“I’ve had an awful lot of jobs in my lifetime and, in moving from one to another, have had the opportunity to think about what makes them worthwhile. I’ve concluded there are four important criteria: interest, excitement, challenge and fulfillment. I’ve never worked anywhere where I could find all four to quite the same extent as at EPA,” said Ruckelshaus, who died last year, in an oral history interview with the agency. [ read more … ]

Extreme Weather

California’s Heat Crisis Shifts to Fires Burning Across State

By Lynn Doan, Mark Chediak, and Kara Wetzel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

Californians already struggling with rolling blackouts and sweltering heat are confronting the next crises tied to extreme weather: wildfires and thick haze choking the air. Blazes burning tens of thousands of acres spurred evacuations in Santa Cruz County and near wine country in the northern part of the state. Smoke blanketed San Francisco Wednesday, parked cars were dusted with ash and air-quality warnings were in effect throughout the Bay Area. More than 150 fires have erupted in the past two days amid record-breaking temperatures, leading Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden tries to elbow aside Trump with rural voters

By By LIZ CRAMPTON, Politico  •    •  Posted August 19, 2020

During this week’s Democratic National Convention, the Biden camp hosted a “virtual symposium” to discuss issues that have affected rural people, including trade, climate change and inequality in the food system. On Tuesday, members of the DNC’s Rural Council were given the floor during daytime programming. During the first night of the convention on Monday, Democrats highlighted the importance of the U.S. Postal Service as Trump mounts attacks on mail-in voting. Sparsely populated areas lacking reliable internet and not served by FedEx or UPS strongly depend on the U.S. Postal Service as a public service and connection to other parts of the country. [ read more … ]

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