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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE September 23, 2020

Top Story

Ethanol again driving campaign conversation in 2020

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

The health of the ethanol industry has been a staple of Iowa campaigns for years and 2020 is no different. This month, the Trump Administration denied 54 waivers that would have exempted oil refineries from blending ethanol into gasoline. In addition, Trump himself announced the EPA will let states decide new pumps aren’t necessary and gasoline that’s 15 percent ethanol can be dispensed from existing E-10 pumps. [ read more … ]

CCC Funds

Political Fight Continues Over CCC Funds

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

Republicans see a hot political talking point with the fight this week in Congress over the Commodity Credit Corp.Speaking to agriculture reporters on his weekly call, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley was able to get away from the political battle over the Supreme Court to hammer home the case that Democrats are politicizing the Commodity Credit Corp., which the senior Iowa senator said has never been politicized. Grassley said he ran into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to make his point that the CCC should be fully funded. [ read more … ]

SREs

White House drops plan to bail out oil refiners denied biofuel waivers: sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

The White House has dropped a plan to provide funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to oil refiners that are denied exemptions from the nation’s biofuel regulations, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The Trump administration was considering doling out at least $300 million in cash to the facilities, potentially from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, triggering an outcry from Midwest lawmakers who argued the money should be used for farmers, not the oil industry, Reuters previously reported.
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Perdue says ‘no plans’ to use CCC funds to help oil refiners

By Ken Anderson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

Recent reports that the Trump Administration is considering using USDA Commodity Credit Corporation funds to help small oil refiners that were denied biofuel blending waivers has drawn strong criticism from farmers, farm state lawmakers and others. But during a farmer forum in central Illinois today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said he has no plans to do that. [ read more … ]

Red states defend Trump rollback of Calif. emissions waiver

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

A coalition of Republican attorneys general threw their support behind a Trump administration decision to revoke California’s vehicle emissions waiver, claiming that the decades-old exception gives the Golden State too much power. Top attorneys from nine states including Alabama and Texas filed a motion to intervene yesterday in a legal challenge brought against the administration by California and other Democratic states. They argued that it’s unconstitutional for a single state to set what amount to national emissions standards. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Red states defend Trump rollback of Calif. emissions waiver

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

A coalition of Republican attorneys general threw their support behind a Trump administration decision to revoke California’s vehicle emissions waiver, claiming that the decades-old exception gives the Golden State too much power. Top attorneys from nine states including Alabama and Texas filed a motion to intervene yesterday in a legal challenge brought against the administration by California and other Democratic states. They argued that it’s unconstitutional for a single state to set what amount to national emissions standards. [ read more … ]

CO2 Conversion

Breakthrough Electrocatalyst Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

By University of Chicago  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

A research team led by scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Northern Illinois University has discovered a new electrocatalyst that can consistently convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency and low cost. Because carbon dioxide is a stable molecule, transforming it into a different molecule is normally energy intensive and costly. [ read more … ]

EVs

Mich. city puts detectives in a Tesla

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

A police department in western Michigan will be solving crimes with a Tesla. Detectives at the Holland Department of Public Safety will be driving a $49,000 Tesla Model 3 after the city compared it to the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt, which both cost much less. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Donald Trump extends a record of broken promises to Iowa farmers

By Tom Vilsack, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 22, 2020

Donald Trump’s record of broken promises to Iowa farmers continues to unfold last week. Iowa corn and soybean farmers, along with their downstream customers in the ethanol and biodiesel industries, experienced a momentary high as the president rejected a handful of gap year waivers requested by refineries that would have exempted them from the blending requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. [ read more … ]

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