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NEWS UPDATE November 6, 2020

Top Story

McConnell says stimulus bill is top priority when Senate returns

By Erica Werner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

McConnell made his comments during a news conference in Kentucky a day after the election, and following his own reelection to a seventh term in the Senate. “We need another rescue package. The Senate goes back into session next Monday. Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year,” McConnell said. [ read more … ]

Chance of a Fresh Economic Relief Bill Is Revived

By Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said on Wednesday that reaching a deal on a stimulus bill would be “Job 1” when lawmakers return for the lame-duck congressional session following the elections. It is possible that such a deal could be attached to a bill that would fund the federal government past Dec. 11 — legislation that will be necessary to avoid a government shutdown. The chance of a stimulus deal may be rising, but it is unlikely to result in as large a package as Democrats and President Trump were discussing before the election. [ read more … ]

RFS Waivers

Trump administration asks court for extension to respond to refiners’ biofuel petition

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week for an extension to respond to a petition from oil refiners requesting that the court review a decision that cast doubt on a program exempting refiners from biofuel blending obligations. The government’s request would push their response deadline to Dec. 14 from Nov. 12, according to a letter to the court dated Wednesday. The request comes as the Trump administration has delayed a slew of decisions related to U.S. biofuel laws, choosing to wait until after the U.S. presidential election to decide on politically sensitive matters. [ read more … ]

EPA Asks SCOTUS for Delay in RFS Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted November 6, 2020

The EPA has asked the Supreme Court for an extension to file a response to a refiner’s petition for review of an appeals court’s January 2020 ruling on small-refinery exemptions. HollyFrontier Corp. appealed to the high court in September after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver turned down a request for the whole 10th Circuit to rehear a case involving small-refinery exemptions. In that case, the appeals court originally ruled the EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard and granted exemptions to three refiners who did not qualify. [ read more … ]

Wheeler waiting on courts before making RFS decisions

By KTIC Radio  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is taking a wait and see approach regarding 35 waiver requests under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Administrator Wheeler told Agri-Talk earlier this week, “The refiners appealed that to the Supreme Court; we’re waiting to see if they take it up, and what they do with that.” [ read more … ]

Election 2020

The Endangered Rural House Democrat

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

Rep. Collin Peterson’s loss on Tuesday in Minnesota basically swept out one of the last few senior, rural Democratic lawmakers from across the country. Beyond coastal states, Democrats in each election are representing fewer and fewer rural districts. Before Republicans flipped the House in the 2010 mid-term election, there was a fair amount of blue splotched in with the red in the Midwest and Plains states. That’s not the case any longer, even though Democrats overall are expected to hold onto the House majority. Right now, decided House races are 208 Democrats, 190 Republicans with 37 races remaining to be called. [ read more … ]

Mich., Wis. flip to Biden amid worsening climate impacts

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

For climate-focused voters, the 2020 presidential election won’t turn on the saltwater states of Florida and Texas, or even North Carolina. It will advance in the Great Lakes region, where climate concerns are rising as fast as the lakes themselves, threatening 26 million people, five major U.S. cities and some of the nation’s most important agricultural areas. Wisconsin, which fronts two Great Lakes — Michigan and Superior — went to former Vice President Joe Biden by less than 1 percentage point. In neighboring Michigan, Biden won by a small but slightly larger margin, according to official vote tallies. [ read more … ]

Climate lobbying blitz would follow Biden to White House

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

With divided government on the horizon, the sweeping legislative response to climate change that many corporate leaders say they support is likely off the table, according to political experts. But lobbyists and insiders believe there may still be opportunities in the coming years for corporations to shape climate policy — even if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to run the upper chamber.
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Why a President Biden could fail on clean energy

By Lesley Clark and Mike Lee, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

Democrats seemingly failed to deliver a “green wave” in races across the country, leaving Joe Biden — who was edging out President Trump in vote tallies today — facing daunting odds if elected to achieve sweeping action on energy policy and climate change. A Biden presidency without a Democratic majority in the Senate could largely be relegated to tinkering around the edges on energy policy, with his ambition to secure a transition to renewable energy a heavy lift. [ read more … ]

Markets

Evolve or die: US refiners grasp renewables lifeline to stay viable

By Janet McGurty, S&P Global  •    •  Posted November 5, 2020

Once the scourge of the US refining industry, some refiners are now looking to renewable fuels to help their bottom lines and keep their facilities operational. Despite many millions spent over the years on Capitol Hill lobbying against the Renewable Fuel Standard, some US refiners now are moving quickly to repurpose their oil refineries into renewable fuel facilities. [ read more … ]

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