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NEWS UPDATE September 22, 2020

Top Story

How a Trump appointment could shape energy policy

By Niina H. Farah and Lesley Clark, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

A new Supreme Court appointment at the twilight of President Trump’s first term could shift how justices respond to regulatory challenges and dull Chief Justice John Roberts’ swing vote in cases with important energy and environmental consequences. And if Trump loses in November, it could complicate Biden administration efforts to address climate change and make it tougher to roll back Trump’s deregulatory agenda.
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Relief Legislation

Politics of CCC Fund Flare Up

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor and Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

A senior Democratic House aide provided DTN with a statement challenging the president announcing the new aid package at the campaign rally. House leaders also are questioning reports that the Trump administration is considering spending hundreds of millions of dollars for oil refineries that applied for small-refinery exemptions that were turned down last week by EPA. The statement also pointed to the Government Accountability Office report on USDA’s last ad-hoc aid program — the Market Facilitation Program — being skewed disproportionately to Southern states. “What the Trump administration wanted added to the clean CR wasn’t help for farmers — it was more than $20 billion more in taxpayer dollars that the Trump administration views as a bottomless, unaccountable political slush fund.” [ read more … ]

Washington Week Ahead: Court fight looms, as lawmakers seek to fund CCC

By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

There is still the possibility that congressional leaders and the White House could agree on a major new coronavirus relief package before lawmakers head home in October to campaign, but there has been little sign of progress. In any case, the nation’s¬†attention this week is expected to be on the Ginsburg legacy and the possibility that President Donald Trump could fill the vacancy even if he loses re-election. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

As oil prices plunge and concerns about climate change grow, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other European energy companies are selling off oil fields, planning a sharp reduction in emissions and investing billions in renewable energy. The American oil giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil are going in a far different direction. They are doubling down on oil and natural gas and investing what amounts to pocket change in innovative climate-oriented efforts like small nuclear power plants and devices that suck carbon out of the air. [ read more … ]

Oil refiners worldwide struggle with weak demand, inventory glut

By Laura Sanicola in New York, Sonali Paul in Melbourne, and Ahmad Ghaddar in London, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

Global oil refiners reeling from months of lackluster demand and an abundance of inventories are cutting fuel production into the autumn because the recovery in demand from the impact of coronavirus has stalled, according to executives, refinery workers and industry analysts. Refiners cut output by as much as 35% in spring as coronavirus lockdowns destroyed the need for travel. As lockdowns eased, refiners increased output slowly through late August. But in top fuel consumer the United States and elsewhere, refiners have been decreasing rates for the last several weeks in response to increased inventories, a sustained lack of demand and in response to natural disasters. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

An electric Volkswagen ID.3 for the same price as a Golf. A Tesla Model 3 that costs as much as a BMW 3 Series. A Renault Zoe electric subcompact whose monthly lease payment might equal a nice dinner for two in Paris. As car sales collapsed in Europe because of the pandemic, one category grew rapidly: electric vehicles. One reason is that purchase prices in Europe are coming tantalizingly close to the prices for cars with gasoline or diesel engines. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden: Trump court pick would ‘touch every part’ of climate

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is adding more heat to a campaign season already boiling over from a pandemic, nationwide protests against police violence and climate-fueled disasters. The open Supreme Court seat carries major implications for climate policy. The high court already has enshrined the scientific basis for regulating greenhouse gases while blocking the Obama administration’s signature emissions regulations. More climate cases are bubbling up in lower courts. [ read more … ]

Trump, Biden vie for Minnesota

By Morgan Chalfant, The Hill  •    •  Posted September 21, 2020

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are making separate pitches to voters in Minnesota, a reliably blue state that has emerged as an unusual battleground in the 2020 election. Both Trump and Biden traveled to Minnesota on Friday as early voting began in the state, where polls overall show the former vice president with an advantage over the incumbent president. 
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