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NEWS UPDATE September 24, 2020

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California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

By Brad Plumer and Jill Cowan, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 24, 2020

California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars statewide by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday, in a sweeping move aimed at accelerating the state’s efforts to combat global warming amid a deadly and record-breaking wildfire season. In an executive order, Governor Newsom directed California’s regulators to develop a plan that would require automakers to sell steadily more zero-emissions passenger vehicles in the state, such as battery-powered or hydrogen-powered cars and pickup trucks, until they make up 100 percent of new auto sales in just 15 years. [ read more … ]


Ethanol, Ag Urge Trump Biofuels Action

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

On Sept. 12, 2019, Trump convened a meeting at the White House to develop a plan to bolster the RFS. Joining the meeting were six Republican senators from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, along with Vice President Mike Pence, economic advisor Larry Kudlow, budget guru Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “By all accounts everyone left that meeting with the understanding that an agreement had been reached, to put the RFS back on track and to stabilize biofuel and agricultural markets,” said Geoff Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the Renewable Fuels Association.
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RFA says plan to pay refiners out of USDA funds “insane”

By Julie Harker, Brownfield  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

“The audacity of the whole idea that USDA would be distributing money intended to help farmers out to oil refiners just really had us scratching our heads.” Cooper says the idea that refiners were asking for a $300-Million dollar bailout was, in his words, completely insane, “So we were happy to hear that the USDA says that’s completely off the table and that the department will not be issuing any sort of financial aid to the refiners.” [ read more … ]

Congress to refiners:no soup for you!

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

“We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the CR to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.” [ read more … ]


White House, Democrats reach deal to fund farm payments

By Phil Brasher, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure from some members of her own caucus on the CCC issue, said in a statement the agreement would “add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families. We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corp., preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.” [ read more … ]

House Ag Committee Chair Says Ethanol is Priority

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson puts ethanol second only to the hog industry in priority to get some kind of assistance to mitigate losses this year due to coronavirus restrictions. “Because of the price of oil collapsing and people not driving…and also these waivers that have been given out by the administration, which should have never been considered,” Peterson said during the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit on Monday. “If we had 15 billion gallons we wouldn’t be having the kind of problems we’re having in the ethanol industry. [ read more … ]


Farm prices rally on Chinese demand, disaster in Iowa

By Adam Belz, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

Corn and soybean prices are both up by about a fifth since early August and the hog rally has been even more pronounced. “These prices, with these yields, should make things look financially much better than they did back during the summer, because it looked kind of bleak, really,” said Rick Anderson, risk manager for Goodhue, Minn.-based Ag Partners, which operates several grain elevators in southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin. “When you combine that with some of the government aid that they’ve received and are projected to receive, that will help of course, too.” [ read more … ]


Behind the Smoke: It’s What You Don’t See That Kills

By Doug Durante and Larry Pearce, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

Last year, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.) joined together to shine light on the issue and urge environmental advocates to take another look at biofuels — and more specifically higher blends of ethanol. Even Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition wrote to the president requesting that he direct the EPA to enforce the toxics controls required in Section 202 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.  It has been made crystal clear that we cannot wait any longer to act. The science is irrefutable. The solution is commercially available, less costly than the cause of the problem and would benefit all Americans. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.  [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Rural Democrats Blame Trump for Ethanol Crisis

by Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 23, 2020

During a virtual press conference Tuesday, Rural America 2020 blamed President Donald Trump for the current crisis in the ethanol industry, due to the administration granting of small refinery exemptions, reducing demand for ethanol and forcing the closure of refineries across the country. Farmers members of the Rural America 2020 state steering committees, including Chris Gibbs of Ohio, president of the Rural America 2020 board of directors; Aaron Lehman, Iowa; Jim Nichols, Minnesota; and Rick Telesz of Pennsylvania.
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