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NEWS UPDATE November 18, 2020

Top Story

Democrats Seek Covid-Aid Talks With McConnell This Week

By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

Top Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting that negotiations on another coronavirus relief bill restart this week after months of stalemate. In the letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) cite the surge in Covid-19 casesnationwide as an impetus for quickly crafting another relief bill. Several aid measures passed in the spring have already expired or are set to expire at the end of the year. [ read more … ]

RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association wants the EPA to stop ‘kicking the can’

By RFDTV  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

“It just sort of makes us think that the EPA is wanting to further delay and further ‘kick the can’ on making any decisions on the 2021 RFS volume requirements, and ‘kick the can’ on making any decisions on the 35 pending small refinery exemption petitions that are sitting at the agency,” Cooper states. The EPA also claims RIN prices are out of control, but Cooper says that prices have firmed up, sitting between 50 to 60 cents now, compared to highs of around 80 cents to a dollar. [ read more … ]

The Transition

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a federal court system brimming with more than 200 Trump-appointed judges. The incoming administration is widely expected to unravel four years’ worth of Trump-era climate rollbacks in an effort to help the United States regain its footing in the fight against rising global temperatures. [ read more … ]

Trump’s last-minute environmental rules changes may make things hard for Biden

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

With just two months until Joe Biden becomes president, Trump appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere are up against the clock to lock in rules changes. The last-minute efforts could affect everything from vast tracts of remote Arctic wilderness and air quality nationwide to the everyday showers and clothes dryers in people’s homes. Biden has promised to undo many of the regulatory rollbacks completed over the past fours years. But some of the Trump administration’s under-the-wire rules could end up hampering the Biden administration from aggressively tackling climate change and other issues right out of the gate. [ read more … ]

Farm Bill

Ag interests keen to learn who will lead Farm Bill debate in US House

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

As Iowa farmers await passage of the next Farm Bill, they’re also waiting to see who will lead the debate in congress. Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says the Minnesota Democrat who was the long-time chair of the U.S. House Ag Committee lost his bid for re-election. “Colin Petersen did a great job of training folks and leading the committee,” Hill says. “He will be missed.” [ read more … ]

Markets

US corn vulnerable to China demand, COVID-19 after recent gains

By Shikha Singh, S&P Global  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

Corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade have climbed more than 20% in the last three months amid stronger exports and shrinking domestic supply estimates, but analysts said US corn’s dependency on China’s imports and demand from ethanol industries is keeping prices vulnerable. The most active December corn futures contract touched a 17-month high of $4.28/bushel following the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Nov. 10, which showed shrinking stocks and rising exports. Prices later slipped marginally from that high and were trading around $4.20/bu on Nov. 17. [ read more … ]

EVs

It’s electric

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

A coalition of utilities, electric vehicle makers and mineral producers have formed a new association to push for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030.  The group, dubbed the Zero Emission Transportation Association, will seek policies to help the growing sector, such as point-of-sale consumer incentives to buy electric vehicles, investments in federal infrastructure and strengthened emissions performance standards. The aim is for all light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be entirely electric by 2030. [ read more … ]

Is widespread EV use really bad for the climate?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

Experts are questioning a new paper from a conservative group that argues widespread electric vehicle adoption could have negative consequences for the planet. The debate comes as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office with plans to combat climate change by boosting electric car deployment nationwide. At issue is a paper released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank whose scholars have said concern about global warming is overblown. [ read more … ]

Ag retailers: Zero-emission truck plan could ‘devastate’ agriculture

By John Gallagher, Freight Waves  •    •  Posted November 17, 2020

An environmental policy promoted by Democratic lawmakers to effectively ban internal combustion engines (ICEs) for heavy-duty trucks by 2040 would be a major economic blow to agribusiness by causing dramatic decreases in ethanol, biodiesel and corn prices, according to a new report. The study estimated that ethanol consumption would decline 90% to 1.1 billion gallons and biodiesel would fall 61% to 800 million gallons by 2050 (see chart below). “This study makes clear that an internal combustion engine vehicle ban could devastate the agriculture community,” ARA said in a statement. [ read more … ]

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