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NEWS UPDATE November 19, 2020

Top Story

Redding of Pennsylvania Considered for Ag Secretary

By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is under consideration to become Agriculture secretary in the Biden administration, two knowledgeable farm lobbyists have told DTN.
Others who have been mentioned for the Agriculture secretary position include former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, outgoing House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Politico and the Food & Environment Reporting Network also have referenced former USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, former California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and outgoing Montana Gov. Steve Bullock as possible candidates for the job as well. [ read more … ]


Small refinery gets second win in battle for renewable-fuel hardship exemption

By Reuters  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

A federal appeals court vacated for the second time on Tuesday a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denial of small oil refinery Ergon West Virginia Inc’s (EWVI) request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations after finding the agency had treated a similar business differently, to EWVI’s disadvantage. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the EPA to redo the analysis it conducted to decide that EWVI did not qualify for a hardship waiver for small refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. It said it was “concerned” by new evidence suggesting that the agency had treated another company’s production of lubricant in addition to vehicle-fuel as helping its case for its waiver, while treating EWVI’s lubricant production as undermining its waiver petition. [ read more … ]


2020 spike in RIN prices largely driven by policy, supply and demand… and then a Biden bump

By S&P Global  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

Current-year D6 RIN prices have more than quadrupled in 2020, starting at 15.25 cents on Jan. 3 and climbing to an annual high 70 cents on Nov. 9. There was only one abnormally large spike along the way, a one-day gain of 11 cents on Feb. 26 after Reuters reported the Trump administration would reduce the number of hardship exemptions given to small refineries (SREs). [ read more … ]

The Transition

How Biden might win allies in the oil patch

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to cut the climate-warming emissions from the oil and gas industry, may find it easier to work with energy-producing states than the Obama administration. Under President Obama, states led by Texas and North Dakota generally resisted broader rules on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. At the time, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), which serves as a trade group for state energy regulators, pushed a “states first” initiative aimed at curbing federal regulations. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Obama memoir traces his climate evolution

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

“For my constituents, many of whom were working-class, poor air quality or industrial runoff took a backseat to the need for better housing, education, healthcare, and jobs,” he wrote. “I figured somebody else could worry about the trees. “The ominous realities of climate change forced a shift in my perspective.” [ read more … ]


Utilities join call to transition to EVs by 2030

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 18, 2020

A new U.S. industrial group is calling for policies that would end production of internal-combustion engine cars and trucks by 2030, a sign of how quickly the conversation is shifting to electric vehicles. The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) debuted yesterday. Its roster includes a crowd of EV makers and charging companies, miners of key minerals, ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc., and a broad bench of traditional power companies. [ read more … ]

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