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NEWS UPDATE October 29, 2020

Top Story

Study Finds Gas Car Ban Would Hurt Biofuels and Farmers

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has just released a study on the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. Proposals to ban internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035 and 2050 served as the economic models for the study, along with a base case provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. The study found that U.S. light-duty and freight vehicle consumption of ethanol and biodiesel could decline up to 90 percent to 1.1 billion gallons and up to 61 percent to 0.8 billion gallons, respectively. [ read more … ]

RFS Exemptions

Ethanol Groups Press EPA for SRE Info

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Two years after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with EPA seeking company names and other information about companies granted small-refinery exemptions, two ethanol groups asked a federal court to issue a ruling requiring the agency to provide more information. The EPA released a number of documents in September 2020 in response, but according to court documents the agency made a number of redactions, including refinery locations and the names of their parent companies. [ read more … ]

F-Factor

Ethanol Stakeholders Comment on FFV Standards

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

Ethanol stakeholder organizations submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency this week regarding the E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Weighting Factor (F-factor) for Model Year 2021 and Later Vehicles. Comments from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) support EPA’s new approach to maintaining some level of certainty for automakers, but would like to see the agency “provide a long-term floor and “more robust” E85 usage factors for future model years, given expected growth and the many benefits provided by ethanol flex fuels.” [ read more … ]

Markets

Corn Tumbles Most in a Year, Pacing Slump in Crop Commodities

By Kim Chipman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

Corn futures tumbled the most in a year, pacing a slump in agriculture markets, as escalating coronavirus concerns drove commodities and equities lower. The S&P 500 Index fell 3.5%, the biggest drop since June, amid a surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations, especially in the Midwest. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a deal for a one-month partial lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, and France imposed new nationwide measures. [ read more … ]

The E-Commerce Boom Offers a Lifeline for Oil

By Alex Longley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

Look across the street from your home-office window: chances are you will see a delivery van. Trucks from Amazon.com Inc. and other e-commerce companies have become ubiquitous during the pandemic. In much of the industrialized world, an ever-growing number of vans, trucks, trains and ships are hauling everything from desks to smart phones as consumers turn to online shopping and companies re-stock their supply chains after months of disruption. [ read more … ]

ADM Pushes Venue Change in Ethanol Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

Archer Daniels Midland argues a Green Plains’ lawsuit alleging ethanol-market manipulation should be transferred from a federal court in Nebraska and consolidated with other similar cases in an Illinois court, ADM said in a court brief. ADM argues in a recent brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, Green Plains’ case is no different and belongs in the Illinois district. Omaha-based Green Plains Inc. filed a class-action lawsuit in July alleging ADM conducted a scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash spot market. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

House Forecast Favors Democrats, But Ag Chairman Faces Tough Re-election Bid

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted October 29, 2020

After looking at Senate races and the Senate Agriculture Committee, here’s a look at some of the forecasts for the House of Representatives and the House Agriculture. Democrats are favored to hold onto the House, though upsets are bound to occur. With 218 seats needed to maintain majority, Democrats are considered “solid” or “likely” victors in 209 races while Republicans are considered solid or likely in 166 races, according to Cook Political Report. [ read more … ]

In Omaha rally, Trump makes appeal for ‘great red wave’

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

President Donald Trump rallied tonight with thousands at the Omaha airport, urging the Nebraskans and Iowans in the crowd to deliver a thundering defeat to Democrats. “I’m standing here freezing. I ask you one little favor: get the hell out and vote,” Trump said, to cheers. “The great red wave.” While Iowa awards its six Electoral College to the presidential candidate who wins the state, three of Nebraska’s are awarded by congressional district and the Electoral College vote from the district that includes Omaha is up for grabs. Trump conducted a sort of applause meter test at the start to gauge the make-up of the crowd.
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Fact check: President Trump’s rally in Omaha

By Joseph Morton, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

We fact checked a few Midlands-specific items from President Donald Trump’s Omaha speech. [ read more … ]

As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science

By Christopher Flavelle and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation’s premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency. The moves threaten to stifle a major source of objective United States government information about climate change that underpins federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions and offer an indication of the direction the agency will take if President Trump wins re-election. [ read more … ]

 

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