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NEWS UPDATE November 4, 2020

Top Story

Biden stumbles, endangering climate action

By Adam Aton and Scott Waldman, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Though control of the Senate and White House still were unknown as of 5 a.m., it was clear by then that a Democratic landslide forecast in polling averages hadn’t materialized. No matter the final result, the horizons of possibility appear to have narrowed. Barring a late sweep in a key races, Democrats likely will struggle to advance transformative energy policy through Congress, while President Trump’s brand of fossil fuel politics remains intact — and could remain in power too. [ read more … ]

Presidential Race Uncertain

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted November 4, 2020

Late into the night Tuesday, few states had actually flipped from 2016, though Biden was leading in Arizona, with its 11 electoral votes, by 207,000 votes with about 75% of the state votes in. In a couple of other major battleground states where Biden and Trump campaigned aggressively, Minnesota was called for Biden, driven mainly by high margins for Democrats in the Twin Cities and surrounding counties. Iowa was called for Trump late with a vote of 53.4% to 44.9% with 97% of the state vote counted, again buoyed by overwhelming support in rural counties. Trump was leading in more than 90 counties in Iowa. It was a closer race for Trump than four years ago when he won by more than 9% of the vote. [ read more … ]

RFS Waivers

EPA Administrator: RFS Waiver Requests to Wait on Court Appeal

By John Herath, AgPro  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering 35 oil refiner requests to waive required blending of renewable fuels, namely ethanol, for the 2019 and 2020 calendar years, according to reporting data on the EPA website. Those waiver requests will not be considered until the courts weigh in on a pending court appeal, according to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler said on the AgriTalk Radio Show on Monday that he will not consider those waiver requests until after the courts have spoken on that appeal. [ read more … ]

States

Gov. Walz touts ethanol production

By Noah Fish, Forum News Service  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

“We know we have to fight climate change, and we also know there’s going to be a bridge time as we move from fossil fuels into newer technologies,” Walz said. “Ethanol and biofuels are here to do that.” The governor described it as “fighting the fight” to move away from fossil fuels, and that’s why as a member of Congress he pushed for the Renewable Fuel Standard to include more ethanol. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels Submits Recommendations for Growing Industry

By Larry Schumacher, Minnesota Department of Agriculture  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

“I am a longtime supporter of biofuels because they are good for both our environment and our economy. A strong biofuels industry in Minnesota not only provides good-paying jobs and helps our economy grow, but it also aids in reducing harmful greenhouse gases,” said Governor Tim Walz. “I am grateful for the work of each member of the Council, and I look forward to reviewing the full set of recommendations.” The Council’s recommendations include accelerating the state’s move toward 15% ethanol content in gasoline; adopting a Low Carbon Fuel Standard; increasing biofuels use in the state fleet; increasing public understanding and marketing of biofuels; and developing advanced biofuels [ read more … ]

Markets

USGC: New trade pacts needed to drive future grains exports

By U.S. Grains Council  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

The 20 countries with which the United States has formal free trade agreements (FTAs) bought 41 percent of all U.S. ag exports and 61 percent of all U.S. coarse grains and co-products exports in 2019 – making these pacts the foundation of consistent overseas demand for the U.S. farm sector and demonstrating the urgent need for new market access to ensure U.S. ag’s future competitiveness. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden energy plan may be more similar to Trump policy than expected

By Patti Domm, CNBC  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

American presidents have long wanted the U.S. to be self-sufficient when it comes to oil, and if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency, he will likely have a similar agenda but with an added emphasis on clean energy. During the President Donald Trump’s administration, the U.S. has become the world’s largest energy producer, surpassing both Russia and Saudi Arabia in oil production. It also became a net exporter of oil, when including refined products like diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.
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The oil industry thinks it can work with Biden, despite call for ‘transition’ away from it

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

There is a lot that the American Petroleum Institute, Washington’s biggest lobbying group for the U.S. oil and gas industry, does not like about the former vice president’s sweeping plan for addressing climate change.   But on the eve of an election in which Biden is favored to win, Mike Sommers, the head of the trade association, says he sees room to work with a Democratic administration — even as the rise in global temperatures and the oil industry’s contributions to it become a bigger concern for the party’s voters. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV Makers’ Course Hinges on U.S. Election and Fuel-Economy Rules

By Esha Dey, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 3, 2020

Both of the major-party presidential candidates have said they support electric vehicles, but a Joe Biden win could bring changes to significantly speed up the adoption of cars and trucks built by the likes of Tesla Inc. and Nikola Corp. Most transportation experts envision a future with road travel dominated by electric-powered autos. The outcome of the election could determine whether it takes a decade to get there, or much longer. [ read more … ]

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