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NEWS UPDATE August 31, 2020

Top Story

Pelosi, White House Call on COVID-19 Aid Ends Without a Breakthrough

By Susan Heavey and David Morgan, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

A telephone call on coronavirus economic relief between U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an adviser to President Donald Trump ended last week with no breakthrough, and Pelosi said talks would not resume until the Trump administration agreed to $2.2 trillion in aid. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spoke by phone for about 25 minutes, the first chance in weeks to resume stalled COVID-19 aid negotiations. But the two sides soon appeared to be as far apart as ever. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Minn. AG: Climate case is a state matter

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

Minnesota’s top attorney told a judge last week that his climate lawsuit against Big Oil exclusively raises issues of state law and should be tossed from federal court. Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) filed a motion to move his climate lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp., Koch Industries Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute back to Minnesota’s Ramsey County District Court where the case was originally filed. The consumer protection suit claims that the companies and industry group misled Minnesota residents about the role fossil fuels play in exacerbating global warming and should have to pay to correct the damage. [ read more … ]

Trade

Some farmers turn on Trump amid coronavirus pandemic and China tensions

By Adriana Belmonte, Yahoo News  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

President Trump’s support is waning among one of his strongest constituencies: Farmers. “The president just doesn’t have the leadership necessary to get you through a crisis,” Darin Von Rudin, a dairy farmer and president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, told Yahoo Finance. “When you look at what’s happening around the world, there’s other countries that have been able to stymie the crisis a lot more, and they addressed it head on rather than trying to blame somebody else for it or not listening to the experts.”  [ read more … ]

Brazil Legislators Press President to Keep Ethanol Tariff

By RICARDO DELLA COLETTA, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

A group of Brazilian lawmakers made a final push Thursday to try to convince President Jair Bolsonaro not to reduce tariffs on American ethanol, a major Trump administration request.
Bolsonaro has until Monday to decide whether he will renew or terminate a 20% tariff on ethanol imposed on every gallon after the country after imports a tariff-free quota of 198 million gallons (750 million litres). [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Trump’s 2nd term energy plan? ‘Continue what we’re doing’

By Lesley Clark and Heather Richards, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

So what’s Trump’s second-term energy agenda? Fossil fuels remain a big deal for the president, who lambasted Democratic nominee Joe Biden at the Republican National Convention on Monday night for his plan to ban hydraulic fracturing on federal land. But the White House has offered few details on the president’s overall energy game plans. “I think it would be, I think it would be very, very, I think we’d have a very, very solid, we would continue what we’re doing,” Trump told The New York Times in a story published yesterday. “We’d solidify what we’ve done and we have other things on our plate that we want to get done.” [ read more … ]

Trump: Biden’s ‘radical left’ climate plan imperils economy

By Lesley Clark and Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

President Trump assailed Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s plan to tackle climate change as a threat to millions of jobs and oil-producing states as he officially accepted the Republican nomination for president last night. Trump, who took the unprecedented step of addressing the Republican National Convention from the south lawn at the White House, cast Biden’s $2 trillion plan that embraces green energy as one plank of a “radical left” agenda that would lead to open borders, rising taxes, fealty to China and rising unrest in the streets. [ read more … ]

Trump ignored climate. 5 things are happening anyway

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

In four days of speeches lasting more than eight hours at the Republican National Convention, climate change was never mentioned as a threat to the country. That silence stands apart from the climate alarm bells that have been sounding since Donald Trump accepted his first nomination for president four years ago. Thousands of Americans have been killed in natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires during Trump’s first term in office. Each of those four years has been among the world’s hottest on record. Leaders of other nations have taken action as the United States ignores the issue.
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Commentary

Can Iowa farmers survive without ethanol? Can Trump survive without Iowa farmers?

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 30, 2020

Bill Couser says he’s disappointed with politicians who fail to keep their promises to support ethanol production, an industry that was created in response to the nation’s call to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. The farmer from the Story County town of Nevada recently watched as President Donald Trump met with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids. Trump promised the Iowa Republican he would personally talk with the Environmental Protection Agency about dozens of waiver requests that, if granted, would cut the amount of ethanol and biodiesel blended into the nation’s fuel supply. [ read more … ]

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