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NEWS UPDATE September 30, 2020

Top Story

Pelosi, Meadows say they’re hopeful new economic relief deal is within reach

By Erica Werner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

“We’re in a negotiation, and hopefully we will come to a bipartisan agreement that will remove all doubt that the legislation will pass and be signed by the president,” Pelosi said Tuesday on MSNBC, when asked when the House would vote on the new bill. Meadows also expressed a degree of optimism when questioned by reporters at the Capitol, where he was spending Tuesday introducing President Trump’s new Supreme Court pick to senators. “The secretary and I have had a couple of conversations this morning. We also had a conversation with the president, so hopefully we’ll make some progress and find a solution for the American people,” Meadows said. [ read more … ]

Modified Heroes Act Released in House

By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

House Democrats late Monday released an updated version of the Heroes Act it passed in May, reducing the price tag from more than $3 trillion to $2.2 trillion, but including an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and farm aid provisions. Passage of another coronavirus aid package before Congress leaves town this weekend for the campaign trail has not been given much of a chance.
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California Zero-Emissions Order

Wheeler blasts Calif. ban on gas car sales

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday blasted California’s Democratic governor for seeking to ban sales of gas-powered cars to combat climate change. In a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Wheeler criticized the governor’s executive order requiring that 100% of new vehicles sold in the state be zero-emission by 2035. The order “raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality,” Wheeler wrote, adding that the directive “seems to be mostly aspirational and on its own would accomplish very little.” [ read more … ]

U.S. EPA chief challenges California effort to mandate zero emission vehicles in 2035

By David Shepardson. Reuters  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday questioned California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to require all new passenger vehicle sales in 2035 be zero-emission models, according to a letter seen by Reuters. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the plan “raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality” and said it could cause problems for the state’s electrical grid. He also declared the move could be subject to federal approval, saying it “may require California to request a waiver to U.S. EPA.” [ read more … ]

Markets

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

By  Anthony Greder, DTN Managing Editor  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

The U.S. corn harvest was slightly behind the five-year average pace while soybean harvest moved further ahead of normal last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday. NASS estimated that, as of Sunday, Sept. 27, 15% of U.S. corn had been harvested, 1 percentage point behind the average pace of 16%. “Iowa’s corn harvest was 12% done, Nebraska’s was 14% finished, Illinois’ corn harvest was 13% complete but well below the average of 24%, and Minnesota corn was just 6% harvested,” said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Corn President To Meet With EPA Administrator

By WNAX  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to not only stop small refiner waiver approvals but also wants the agency to come up with a plan to restore the 4 billion gallons of lost renewable fuel demand. Minnesota Corn Grower’s Association President Les Anderson says while it’s positive she’s requesting that, the main thing that must be done is for the oil refiners to obey the law which is the RFS. He says he will have an opportunity to meet with the EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this week and intends to put forward the major concerns of corn growers and ethanol producers. [ read more … ]

EVs

90% of U.S. cars must be EVs by 2050 to meet Paris goals

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

The United States is not expected to electrify passenger cars fast enough to stay on track with the Paris climate accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change yesterday, the study by engineers at the University of Toronto concludes that 90% of light-duty cars on American roads would need to be electric by 2050 to keep the transportation sector in line with climate mitigation targets.
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Campaign 2020

Trump Leads 2020 DTN/Progressive Farmer Zogby Analytics Pulse of Rural America poll

By Dan Miller, Progressive Farmer Senior Editor  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

There are three issues that will most influence the way rural adults will vote in local, state and national elections in 2020. Sixty-two percent tell DTN/Progressive Farmer the strength of the economy is most important to them, 48% say health care and 39% say protection of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms will steer their vote. The economy is especially prioritized by Republicans (74% consider it an important issue) and Southern adults (67%). [ read more … ]

Joni Ernst is now in trouble. Trump is a huge part of her problem.

By Art Cullen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 29, 2020

One big reason Republicans are shoving a Supreme Court appointment through the Senate before the election is their rising fear of losing the upper chamber — and the White House — in November. Those fears are well-founded. Two weeks ago, one of the most respected polls in politics found Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) trailing Democrat Theresa Greenfield by three percentage points. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll also found that all four of Iowa’s congressional races are dead heats — unusual in a state that went so bigly for Trump in 2016. The poll also found Joe Biden and Donald Trump deadlocked at 47 percent to 47 percent, a slight improvement for Biden in recent months. [ read more … ]

 

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