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NEWS UPDATE November 17, 2020

Top Story

Lawmakers push for lame duck spending deal

By Ben Nuell, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

The stimulus negotiations are being left by the White House to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., but the sides are still far apart on how much money they should spend. Over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted his support for the House-passed $2.2 trillion HEROES Act. Senate Republicans have been pushing a $500 billion plan. Sen. John Boozman, who will take over next year as the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the stimulus talks won’t go anywhere unless Democrats come down substantially. “We’re just so far apart,” he told Agri-Pulse. [ read more … ]

The Transition

On climate, Biden urged to follow the ‘California agenda’

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

California sees itself as a national leader in the fight against climate change, especially during the Trump administration. Now, postelection, green advocates see the state as a guidebook President-elect Joe Biden can follow. The Golden State seeks to shrink climate pollution through a slew of laws, such as mandating 100% clean electricity by 2045. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) following extreme fires this summer called for faster action. In an executive order, he banned sales of new gas-fueled passenger cars after 2035, a first-in-the-nation move [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Here are some of the contenders to become Biden’s top environmental officials

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

Unwinding President Trump’s rollbacks of anti-pollution rules is going to take a lot of work. And much of it is going to fall on whomever Joe Biden chooses as his main deputies on environmental issues. Just a week after victory and without a formal concession of defeat from Trump, the president-elect is forging ahead with building a Cabinet that will have to contend with multiple crises at once — including climate change. [ read more … ]

Meet a progressive favorite for EPA chief

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

When progressive advocates released their wish list for Cabinet secretaries under President-elect Joe Biden, the suggestions barely overlapped with top-tier candidates being discussed by political insiders. One of the exceptions was Heather McTeer Toney, an Obama-era regional EPA administrator for the Southeast who now heads Moms Clean Air Force, which campaigns against air pollution. [ read more … ]

Trump Rushes Environmental Regulations That Could Handcuff Biden

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden’s climate and conservation agenda. The 11th-hour regulatory race underscores the extent to which federal agencies are anticipating Biden’s swearing-in as U.S. president on Jan. 20 even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election. It also reveals a widespread effort by Trump officials to leave their imprint on federal policy and — at least temporarily — tie the hands of their successors. [ read more … ]

E15

Driving ethanol demand: Nationwide E15 would be game-changer

By Tom Doran, Agrinews  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in June 2019 to remove a summertime restriction on the sale of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15% corn-based ethanol, opened up enormous potential for the industry and corn growers. There was a year-over-year 46% increase in E15 sales at those sites that had sold the blend prior to the EPA ruling. [ read more … ]

New RFA Leadership

New RFA leader optimistic of future

By Tom Doran, Agrinews  •    •  Posted November 16, 2020

Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management, was selected as the new chair at the RFA’s annual meeting. McCaherty becomes the first female chairperson in the organization’s history and first among any national ethanol trade association. As CEO of Guardian Energy Management, McCaherty, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, provides executive management for Guardian Energy LLC, Guardian Energy Holdings LLC and Hankinson Renewable Energy LLC, three ethanol biorefining businesses. McCaherty, a longtime proponent and advocate for low-carbon renewable fuels, also serves on the Minnesota Governor’s Biofuels Council to develop recommendations to increase the incorporation of biofuels in transportation fuels in Minnesota. She succeeds Neil Koehler, co-founder and co-CEO of Pacific Ethanol, in chairing the RFA board. [ read more … ]

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