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NEWS UPDATE November 9, 2020

Top Story

Congratulating Biden, Farm Groups Look Ahead to New President

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Farm and biofuel groups congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and stating they look forward to working with Biden on agricultural issues after he was unofficially declared winner of the presidential race on Saturday. National Farmers Union quickly issued a statement Saturday. NFU President Rob Larew stated, “The last four years haven’t been too kind to family farmers and ranchers. Overproduction, rampant corporate consolidation, trade disputes, and climate change have kept commodity prices stubbornly low, causing farm debt to balloon and farm bankruptcies to proliferate.” [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies

By Matt Viser, Seung Min Kim and Annie Linskey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of executive orders after being sworn into office on Jan. 20, immediately forecasting that the country’s politics have shifted and that his presidency will be guided by radically different priorities. [ read more … ]

Factbox: Unresolved biofuel policy issues facing the next U.S. president

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Big questions remain over how a Joe Biden administration might administer the nation’s biofuel law, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the stakes are high for both the farming and oil refining industries. Here are the main issues: [ read more … ]

Biden’s Agenda and Agriculture

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN earlier this week that carbon programs for farmers might be one area where Republicans could work with Biden and Democrats on climate issues. A Biden administration also could endear itself to corn growers and biofuel producers early on by making a definitive statement that the small refinery exemptions will stop and the administration will follow the Renewable Fuels Standard going forward. “That could be a bridge to use ethanol and renewable fuels to help address climate change,” Gibbs said. [ read more … ]

A Bipartisan Climate Policy? It Could Happen Under a Biden Administration, Washington Veterans Say

BY MARIANNE LAVELLE, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Many environmentalists hoped that Joe Biden would become the FDR of climate change. But if, as seems likely, Biden emerges as the winner of a deeply divisive presidential election, in which the Republican Party retains control of the Senate, it is more likely he will need the skills of an LBJ. And climate policy, in a Biden era, could end up looking more like President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s hard-fought civil rights legislation than President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s sweeping New Deal, say veterans of Washington’s energy policy battles. [ read more … ]

The looming shake-up of Senate Republican chairmen

By MARIANNE LEVINE and BURGESS EVERETT, Politico  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Senate Republicans are about to have a big shake-up. And all eyes are on Richard Burr. The North Carolina Republican, who temporarily gave up his Intelligence Committee chairmanship while under investigation for his stock trades amid the pandemic, is in line for the Senate health committee if he wants to take it. Current chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is retiring and Burr is interested in the job, though has made no final decision, according to two people familiar with the situation. [ read more … ]

RFS Waivers

EPA Delay on Waivers Comes as a Surprise

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has confirmed that the agency will delay action on dozens of outstanding Small Refinery Exemption petitions until after the Supreme Court rules on an appeal from refining companies over EPA’s waiver policy. That means it would be December 14 before EPA would decide on whether to approve or reject the pending waiver requests. The high court is considering whether to hear the case brought by three small refiners in September and the EPA says it needs more time to provide a full government response to the petition. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Ethanol industry exec: Spirited campaigns helped build bipartisan support for biofuels

By Iowa Capital Dispatch,  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

With the nation divided sharply on social and economic issues, the pro-ethanol candidates had mixed success, Skor said. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst held on to her seat in a high-budget fight against Democratic businesswoman Theresa Greenfield. But Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, a 30-year veteran Democratic lawmakers in a red-turning rural district, lost to Republican Michelle Fischbach, who alsosupports the biofuels industry.  [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were halted immediately, scientists reported Thursday. But they said that meeting one of the targets, limiting overall warming this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or about 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, could be achieved through “rapid and ambitious” changes to the global food system over the next several decades, including adopting plant-rich diets, increasing crop yields and reducing food waste. [ read more … ]

EVs

Gas Stations Eye an EV Future

By Kieth Reed, NACS Daily  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Electric vehicle fast charging: “Why now? Why not now?” That point was made by Brad Petersen, director of retail fuels at Kum & Go, a retail chain with more than 500 stores in 11 Midwestern states. “Yes, the new EV sales are not drastic in numbers—less that 2% of the vehicle fleet—but we know it’s coming, and we want to be prepared for it and offer fuel to all of our customers, whether that be gas or charging.” [ read more … ]

GM accelerates EVs — but is worth less than Chinese EV maker

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

General Motors Co. posted surprising profits yesterday and said it would use the proceeds to speed its transition to electric vehicles, even as a Chinese EV maker overtook it in market value. Also last week, GM’s EV battery plant, which it runs as a joint venture with South Korea-based LG Chem Ltd., started posting for more than 1,000 job openings. The $2.3 billion factory is under construction in Lordstown, Ohio. [ read more … ]

China signals shift from gas-powered cars by 2035

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 8, 2020

Half of Chinese auto sales will need to come from electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids or fuel cells by 2035, according to a new report from the country’s organization of automobile experts. The remaining fossil fuel vehicles will need to be hybrids. The plan outlined last month by the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, an influential trade group, underlines the commitment of the world’s largest carbon emitter to green its economy, analysts said. In September, President Xi Jinping announced the country would work to eliminate its carbon emissions by 2060. [ read more … ]

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