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NEWS UPDATE September 21, 2020

Top Story

Ginsburg death leaves ‘no environmental voice’ on bench

By Pamela King and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could shake the foundation of America’s bedrock environmental laws, leaving a chasm on the bench where once sat an environmental champion. Ginsburg, who died Friday, was the Supreme Court’s longest-serving liberal justice and was best known for her advocacy on women’s rights. But she also played a critical role in opening courtroom doors to green groups and established broad interpretations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other laws. [ read more … ]

SREs/RFS

Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes

By Jim Spencer, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

Ethanol waivers are becoming a central issue in the battle for the farm vote — and the issue heated up this week with three straight days of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden trying to outdo each other with their support of the program and with it, Midwestern farmers. It is the latest of several maneuvers in the battle for the votes of farmers and rural residents, the majority of whom typically vote Republican, in Minnesota and other farm states. [ read more … ]

AG senators rail against reports of refinery bailout

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

Ag champions flew to the defense of the Agriculture Department as Reuters reported Wednesday the possibility that the administration would funnel $300 million of USDA’s budget to small refiners. The money would be intended to help the small refiners after EPA declined to grant them exemptions from back years of Renewable Fuel Standard mandates. [ read more … ]

Wyoming refineries stung by decision; Barrasso rebukes administration after EPA denies relief

By Camille Erickson Casper Star-Tribune  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

The Trump administration delivered another blow to Wyoming’s oil refineries when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denied relief to several small operators struggling to meet biofuel standards this month. Oil refineries across the country must blend a certain amount of plant-derived fuel into their gasoline product under a program called the Renewable Fuel Standard. When drivers go to refill their gas tanks in the U.S., chances are a bit of corn ethanol or soybean biodiesel is mixed in with the gasoline.
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Energy Bill Includes Renewable Fuel Standard Provisions

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producers Magazine  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week introduced the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which contains provisions requiring more transparency and accountability in EPA’s process for evaluating small refinery exemption requests under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The provisions are based on the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, introduced last year by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.
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Campaign 2020

Many California Republicans side with Trump in dismissing climate change as wildfire cause

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

Many California Republican lawmakers are siding with President Trump in dismissing climate change as a driving factor of the state’s historic wildfires. Trump, during a trip to Sacramento, stunned many by scoffing at the scientific consensus that temperatures are rising globally and predicted the Earth will “start getting cooler.” But Republicans from rural corners of the state are also loudly objecting to the idea that efforts to reduce emissions will help, even as others in the party warm to the idea of doing something about climate change. [ read more … ]

How sour relations with China could derail Biden on climate

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

But the relationship between the two global powers — and top carbon emitters — has soured so much in recent years that it’s doubtful a similar agreement could be reconstructed if Biden, a Democrat, is elected president. For one thing, the public might not stand for it after a campaign season in which Biden and President Trump are facing off over who can be the toughest on China. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford to build truck plant in Mich., add 300 jobs

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 20, 2020

Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant is being built in Dearborn, Mich., where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.