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NEWS UPDATE August 25, 2020

Top Story

Even With a Strong Crop This Year, U.S. Farmers Are Suffering

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 24, 2020

Following a growing season last year filled with battering rainfall and bitter trade wars, U.S. farmers hoped 2020 would provide them an opportunity to make up some ground. Instead, the situation has grown worse for many as prices remain depressed. Despite a wind storm tearing through Midwestern farms last week and drought conditions in isolated areas, a bumper crop of both corn and soybeans is still expected this year. “Overall, the trade seems to be coming to the conclusion that…there is still going to be an oversupply of corn in the U.S. and the world,” said Tomm Pfitzenmaier, an analyst with Des Moines, Iowa-based Summit Commodity Brokerage, in a research note Friday. [ read more … ]

Pandemia

Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, CATHY BUSSEWITZ, JOHN FLESHER, MATTHEW BROWN and MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 24, 2020

The result: approval for less environmental monitoring at some Texas refineries and at an army depot dismantling warheads armed with nerve gas in Kentucky, manure piling up and the mass disposal of livestock carcasses at farms in Iowa and Minnesota, and other risks to communities as governments eased enforcement over smokestacks, medical waste shipments, sewage plants, oilfields and chemical plants. [ read more … ]

118K coal, oil, gas jobs wiped out during pandemic — report

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 24, 2020

Fossil fuel industries have lost more than 15% of their workforce since March, surpassing layoffs in the clean energy sector, according to an analysis published last week. Produced by California-based BW Research, the analysis found that oil, gas and coal industries shed 118,000 positions between March and July, not counting temporary furloughs. That’s roughly 15.5% of those industries’ total. The decline has continued even as the broader energy sector has experienced a tentative stabilization. In July, 1,300 fossil fuel jobs were lost, and additional layoffs would probably continue through this month and “through the near future.” [ read more … ]

Trade

China maintains strong pace of US corn and soybean purchases

By Bill Tomson, AgriPulse  •    •  Posted August 24, 2020

The Agriculture Department on Friday announced new export sales of 405,000 metric tons of U.S. corn and 400,000 tons of soybeans to China for delivery in the 2020-21 marketing year, providing new evidence that Chinese demand remains strong despite tensions between the two countries.  “I think with these sales today – the new market here begins Sept. 1 – I think it’s accurate to say … that when we turn the page to Sept. 1, we’ll have a record number of soybean sales on the books to ship to both China and to the world,” said Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. “That’s already the case for corn … We’re going to be really busy loading boats come harvest time and that’s a really good thing.” [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

With ‘rich talent pool,’ who might lead a Biden EPA?

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 25, 2020

If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, he will have to pick an EPA administrator shrewd in science and politics as well as ready to restore the agency, observers say. The 2020 Democratic presidential nominee has a public service career lasting decades. With more than 30 years as a U.S. senator for Delaware and eight years as vice president under President Obama, Biden has deep connections to draw upon for advice on whom to choose to lead EPA. [ read more … ]

Trump platform warns of climate ‘extremism’

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 24, 2020

Expect to hear a whole lot more about fossil fuels than climate change at this week’s Republican National Convention. Not only has President Trump defined himself as an ally of the oil and gas industry, but Trump — the country’s top Republican — has spent much of the past month banging away at energy issues. It’s an approach that fits with Trump’s broad reelection strategy, say political observers. And he appears to be doubling down. [ read more … ]

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