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NEWS UPDATE October 19, 2020

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Pelosi sets Tuesday deadline for reaching stimulus deal with White House

By Erica Werner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

Pelosi’s on-again-off-again talks with Mnuchin over a deal costing between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion have been dragging on for months without producing results. The window for action is narrowing fast. For the first time Pelosi put a deadline on them, indicating that if no agreement can be struck by Tuesday it will not be possible to produce a new relief deal by the election. Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for 75 minuteson Saturday and agreed to speak again on Monday. [ read more … ]


EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. According to the EPA’s SRE data dashboard, there are currently 52 SRE petitions pending. [ read more … ]


EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

The U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 1. According to the EPA, the rule deletes expired or redundant compliance provisions, such as duplicative registration requirements, removes unnecessary and out-of-date requirements, and replaces them with a single set of provisions and definitions. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court Nomination

Barrett resisted climate science. Other judges embraced it

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

The facts of climate change are well-established, and some experts note that judges have a responsibility to acknowledge them unequivocally in order to rule on questions related to the powers of federal agencies. “Casting doubt on the validity and importance of [climate change] itself, as Barrett does, raises serious concerns,” Jason Rylander, a lawyer with the Defenders of Wildlife, said in an email. “If you cannot admit climate change is real and that humans are the cause, how can you fairly assess the validity of laws and regulations enacted to address it?”
Other judges haven’t had a problem affirming the science of climate change, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the high court by President Trump in 2018. [ read more … ]


US ethanol sees big gains in Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard

By Bill Tomson, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

The U.S. sells hundreds of millions of gallons of ethanol to Canada every year, and that trade would very likely increase as a result of Canada’s efforts to cut emissions, says Craig Willis, senior vice president for global markets for Growth Energy. The plan — Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard — will include a nationwide goal of an average 15% ethanol blend by 2030. That will translate into increased demand from Canada, which is already the largest foreign market for the U.S. corn-based fuel. [ read more … ]

US ethanol exports fall 12%, DDGS exports down 7% for 2019-‘20

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

U.S. exports of ethanol were down approximately 12 percent for the 2019-’20 marketing year, which closed Aug. 31, while exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were down nearly 7 percent, according to the U.S. Grains Council. The USGC on Oct. 8 announced U.S. exports of grains in all forms (GIAF) reached nearly 101 million metric tons during the 2019-’20 marketing year, according to USDA data it analyzed. While the export total declined 5 percent year-over-year, GIAF exports still represented the fifth highest year on record. [ read more … ]

EIA says ethanol production, inventories both rise on week

By Wesley Swift, S&P Global  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

US ethanol production averaged 937,000 b/d in the week ended Oct. 9, up 14,000 b/d on the week while down 34,000 b/d year on year, Energy Information Administration data showed Oct. 15. Production was in the middle of market expectations as seasonal maintenance was predicted to weigh on output through mid-October. Ethanol plants around the country go offline for about five days to finish routine maintenance in September and October. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

A Biden win wouldn’t mean a slam-dunk for climate — experts

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

Joe Biden would face huge obstacles as president in taking steps to slow climate change because Republicans in states and Congress would move aggressively to stop such efforts, an expert climate panel said yesterday. Although Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has proposed an ambitious plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, he is almost certain to encounter legal and political opposition that could stymie efforts to enact new laws or adopt new regulations, the experts said. [ read more … ]

We asked Joe Biden’s campaign 6 key questions about his climate change plans

By Umair Irfan, Vox  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

Election Day is closing in, and former Vice President Joe Biden has made climate change one of his signature issues. His “clean energy revolution and environmental justice” plan would be the most ambitious and aggressive environmental agenda in US history if it were enacted. Voters, especially young voters, also crave action on climate change. Polling shows that a majority of Americans of all ages want all levels of government to address global warming, but it’s one of the highest priorities for young Democrats. [ read more … ]


How Green Is That Electric Car? And When It Hits 100 M.P.H.?

By Paul Stenquist, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 18, 2020

In this study, the average electric vehicle in the United States was found to be responsible for emission levels equivalent to those generated by a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon. In areas where a lot of coal is still burned to make electricity, the electric vehicle m.p.g. equivalency number can fall to as low as 49 miles to a gallon, but those areas are few and less densely populated than regions with clean power. OK, but what about electric supercars like the Model S and Taycan? Since they produce mammoth horsepower, doesn’t it follow that their emission levels are high as well? [ read more … ]

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