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NEWS UPDATE September 9, 2020

Top Story

McConnell announces plan to vote on slimmed-down coronavirus relief bill in Senate

By Erica Werner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

The legislation includes $300 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits through the end of the year, to replace a $600 weekly benefit that expired for some 30 million unemployed workers on July 31. It does not include new benefit checks to individual Americans, but it does include a new round of small business funding, $10 billion for child care and $10 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, among other provisions. [ read more … ]

SREs

Exclusive: Trump administration to deny pending retroactive U.S. biofuel waivers, say sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw  •    •  Posted September 9, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue could cut into his support in the Farm Belt, three sources familiar with the decision said. The move, in the form of a direction to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), marks the end of an effort by the refining industry to come into compliance with a January court decision that ruled the Trump administration should not have given out some waivers in previous years. [ read more … ]

Deadline to appeal refinery exemption case to SCOTUS whooshes by

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

Friday was the last day to ask the Supreme Court whether it would review a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision from January that threatened the entire refinery exemption program under the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA did not appeal the decision to the 10th circuit en banc either, and failing to ask the Supreme Court for review could be read as a corn farmer-friendly move in Iowa, a state Trump needs for reelection. [ read more … ]

Markets

Big Oil shrinks during coronavirus pandemic

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

ExxonMobil and a half dozen or so of the world’s largest oil companies — so-called Big Oil — just aren’t that big anymore. Pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, the energy sector became the smallest component of the S&P 500-stock index this summer. The slide culminated last month with Exxon, once the world’s biggest publicly traded company, ending its 92-year run on the Dow Jones industrial average.
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EPA

Wheeler’s Environmental Justice Pledge Leaves Activists Cold

By Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

Environmental justice leaders say they are perplexed by EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s commitments to low-income communities of color—one of the main themes of a speech he gave in California. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Wheeler laid out his views in a Thursday speech about the agency’s future, arguing the nation’s environmental policies have been a problem for frontline communities for decades, stretching back before the Trump administration. He said past policies haven’t done a thorough enough job of cleaning up such communities, and have pounded them economically. [ read more … ]

EVs

Jeep reveals 1st U.S. battery-powered vehicle

By Tom Krisher, Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand is starting to offer gas-electric hybrid and eventually full electric powertrains across its lineup. The company rolled out the first of them for the U.S. on Thursday, a plug-in rechargeable Wrangler to go on sale in America, Europe and China early next year. The Wrangler 4xe can go 25 miles on electricity before a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine takes over. Drivers can choose to have an engine-powered generator recharge the batteries (at a higher fuel consumption rate), although it would take about 2.5 hours at 45 to 55 mph to fully replenish them. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Climate advisers take key roles in Biden transition team

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

The team includes a pair of key advisers who have played major roles in developing Biden’s climate change and clean energy policies: Cecilia Martinez, executive director at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy and a University of Delaware research professor, and Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The four co-chairs, 15 advisory board members and eight staff members announced Saturday are a major addition to the team led by Ted Kaufman, a longtime political adviser to Biden. The team previously had only a handful of members. [ read more … ]

Biden spells out a winning plan for agriculture and rural America

By Marshall Matz, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 8, 2020

Vice President Joe Biden and his team have released a comprehensive “Plan for Rural America.” Farmers and ranchers might wonder how they fit into that plan, since Rural America has evolved to encompass much more than production agriculture. Bottom line, the plan fundamentally recognizes that net farm and ranch income still drives the success of many businesses on Main Street in Iowa’s small towns and those around the country.  [ read more … ]

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