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NEWS UPDATE October 27, 2020

Top Story

Pelosi, Mnuchin Fail to Reach Deal on Stimulus in Monday Call

By Erik Wasson, Billy House, and Laura Litvan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday failed again to close major differences on a fresh stimulus for a U.S. economy facing a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases. In their first call since last Wednesday, the two main negotiators still had not resolved language for a national testing and tracing program for the coronavirus, according to Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill. “We continue to eagerly await the Administration’s acceptance of our health language,” including the testing strategy, Hammill tweeted Monday. He said Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for 52 minutes. [ read more … ]


U.S. EPA considering E15 labeling changes at gas pumps: sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering changes to labels for gasoline containing higher blends of ethanol, or E15, in an effort to appease the biofuel industry’s concerns that current labels discourage use of the fuel, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Expanding the market for E15 has long been a policy goal for farmers and producers of ethanol, a corn-based product, but concerns that some older vehicles don’t run well on the product have been a headwind. Current federal E15 labels warn of possible engine damage. [ read more … ]


Ethanol Producer Expands Specialty-Alcohol Production, Announces Plans to Rebrand

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

California-based ethanol producer Pacific Ethanol Inc., will continue to shrink its fuel-ethanol business and expects to rename its company as it refocuses its business, the company said in a news release on Monday. Pacific Ethanol said it plans to realign its business to focus on specialty alcohols and “essential ingredients.” In addition, the company said it will be selling or repurposing three ethanol plants, two in Stockton and Madera, California, and one in Columbia, Oregon. The California plants are idled and the Oregon plant continues to operate. [ read more … ]

RFA Urges Tariffs on Brazil Ethanol

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

While Brazil is still abiding by the 90 day extension of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for ethanol announced last month, talks with the United States to eliminate the tariff stalled last week and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is asking President Trump to take action. In a letter to the president, RFA called on President Trump to move forward in seeking fairness in ethanol trade policy with Brazil, citing his August pledge to consider reciprocity with respect to Brazilian ethanol imports and reminded him of a commitment from the U.S. Trade Representative in September to “ensure that the ethanol industries in both countries will be treated fairly.” [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Exclusive: GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

Scientists at two of America’s biggest automakers knew as early as the 1960s that car emissions caused climate change, a monthslong investigation by E&E News has found. The discoveries by General Motors and Ford Motor Co. preceded decades of political lobbying by the two car giants that undermined global attempts to reduce emissions while stalling U.S. efforts to make vehicles cleaner. [ read more … ]

Next Generation Fuels Act

Illinois Biofuels Producers, Industry Leaders Join Call for Bustos’ Next Generation Fuel Act

By Office of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

Biofuels producers and leading organizations in Illinois are joining the call in support of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ (IL-17) Next Generation Fuels Act today, citing the bill’s potential to increase demand for biofuels and corn and to create economic opportunity for rural communities. Introduced last month, Congresswoman Bustos’ bill would leverage greater fuel octane to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, improve air quality by reducing the use of harmful aromatics and increase demand for biofuels. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Trump’s Rural Edge Shrinks With Enthusiasm Fading in Key States

By Mike Dorning, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

The big margin of support among rural voters that helped Donald Trump secure victory four years ago is looking less firm in 2020 with the potential to shift the outcomes in key battleground states. Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, is nowhere near winning the rural areas of the country, where roads are lined with Trump-Pence lawn signs and barn banners and campaign flags flutter from pickup trucks.
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DTNPF Poll Finds Trump’s Job Approval Sits at 53% in Rural America

By Dan Miller, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

Health care (64%) is the top issue for rural Democrats, the only adult demographic group where health care has a significant edge over other issues. Rural Democrats are also the only demographic group where climate change is one of their top issues (48% considered it important, compared to 27% overall). Rural Americans are divided when asked whether the country is heading in the right direction. Forty-three percent strongly agreed or somewhat agreed the country is headed in the right direction. But 51% strongly or somewhat strongly disagreed.
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Trump looms over Ernst’s tough reelection fight in Iowa

By Julia Manchester, The Hill  •    •  Posted October 26, 2020

Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is facing a formidable challenge in her first reelection bid from Democrat Theresa Greenfield, with outside groups fueling the tight race with exorbitant amounts of cash.
A New York Times-Siena College survey released Wednesday showed Ernst up just one point over Greenfield, while a number of other polls have shown Greenfield up. Ernst has had to reckon with the reality of President Trump at the top of the ticket, in a state where there are signs the president is falling behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden. [ read more … ]


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