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NEWS UPDATE November 13, 2020

Top Story

Grassley: Senate May Move COVID Relief

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

There is still a chance Congress could approve new COVID-19 economic relief before the end of the year, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said during a teleconference with agriculture journalists on Thursday. Prior to the Nov. 3 election, negotiations between the Trump administration and congressional leaders, primarily House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, were at a standstill. Grassley said he thinks the latest stimulus package being discussed will include $20 billion in aid for agriculture, which Senate Republicans had proposed during negotiations in July. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden Teams Include Obama Appointees

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

Biden’s USDA team is led by Robert Bonnie, the current farm and forest initiative director at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project, according to Biden’s transition website. Another notable addition to the USDA team is Jonathan Coppess, director of the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program, director of the Bock Ag Law Policy Program and assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana. [ read more … ]

Climate economist will help shape Biden’s financial council

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

An economist who has studied the financial consequences of ignoring climate change was tapped this week by President-elect Joe Biden to help him pick who should serve on the next White House Council of Economic Advisers. Jay Shambaugh, an economics professor at George Washington University, was named Monday to the team in charge of vetting applicants to the influential group. Shambaugh has warned that climate change would have a disproportionate effect on low-income communities. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Official Encouraged By New President’s Renewable Fuel Goals

By WNAX  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

One of the priorities of the Biden Administration focuses on climate change and achieving a path to net zero emissions. That provides a great opportunity for ethanol and all biofuels according to Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Roger Berry. He says Biden’s focus goes well with enhanced ethanol usage, and now it’s critical the biofuels industry is able to overcome misconceptions about those fuels placed on them by opponents. [ read more … ]

SREs

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking a review of the ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs) handed down by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2020. The following day, the states of Wyoming, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia filed a brief in support of the petitioners.
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Markets

Covid Restaurant Shutdowns Threaten Oil Refiners’ Biofuel Dreams

By Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

Every day, Miko Del Rosario oversees nine trucks that crisscross Southern California, weaving through alleys behind shopping malls, restaurants and a tortilla chip factory to pick up cooking oil drained from deep fryers. The grease is filtered at his Anaheim plant to remove leftover bits of food, before it’s sold to refiners who turn it into biodiesel— a lucrative business in a state which offers generous subsidies for using scrap oils to generate fuel. But with coronavirus restrictions hurting eateries across California, Del Rosario’s daily intake has fallen 40% from before the pandemic to about 15,000 gallons a day even as orders keep coming in. [ read more … ]

How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

In early 2017, the Texans for Natural Gas website went live to urge voters to “thank a roughneck” and support fracking. Around the same time, the Arctic Energy Center ramped up its advocacy for drilling in Alaskan waters and in a vast Arctic wildlife refuge. The next year, the Main Street Investors Coalition warned that climate activism doesn’t help mom-and-pop investors in the stock market. [ read more … ]

Higher Ethanol Blends

Global Octane Improver Fuel Additives Market 2020-2025 – Growing Demand for Ethanol-Blended Fuels

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 12, 2020

The market for octane improver fuel additives is expected to grow at a CAGR greater than 3% globally during the forecast period. Growing demand for ethanol-blended fuels along with increasing demand for high-performance fuels are driving the market. On the flip side, stringent environmental regulations coupled with unfavorable conditions arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak are hindering the market growth. It is found that there is a significant drop in the production of flexible fuel vehicles in 2019-20 in some parts of the United States which can run on E15, E40, and E85. However, there is a rise in demand for E15 vehicles and for the first time BMW models were approved for use of E15 and it is expecting to launch E25 by the end of 2020. [ read more … ]

 

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