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NEWS UPDATE November 20, 2020

Top Story

Farm support holds for Trump, but Biden may find inroads

By Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

Joe Biden nevertheless has a chance to do as president what he didn’t manage as a candidate: make inroads by distinguishing his performance from Trump’s in ways that are important to a rural constituency. He could, for example, give robust government backing to biofuels, an area where Trump waffled. Biden could deliver some agriculture sales abroad, reversing setbacks that followed Trump’s trade wars and the economic slowdown from the pandemic. [ read more … ]


Bill forces EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., on Nov. 18 introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act, which aims to force the U.S. EPA to act on outstanding Renewable Fuel Standard pathway and registration applications. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate in June. In order to produce biofuels that obligated parties can use to meet annual RFS blending obligations, biofuel producers must submit a fuel pathway application with the U.S. EPA and receive approval from the agency. The EPA however, has refused to act on dozens of applications filed on behalf of biofuel producers, particularly those seeking pathway approvals for cellulosic biofuels produced with corn fiber and those for renewable electricity. [ read more … ]

US refiners navigate rising RINs prices while awaiting 2021 RFS mandate

By Janet McGurty, S&P Global  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

US refiners are facing higher RINs prices – again – but this time their playbook is different. As ethanol production declines in line with lower gasoline demand, so are the number of RINs produced, causing their prices to quadruple since the beginning of the year. This is increasing the cost of the RVO – Renewable Volume Obligation – each refiner is liable for under the Renewable Fuel Act based on their production volume of transportation fuels. [ read more … ]

GHG Emisions

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions set to drop to lowest level in three decades

By Steven Mufson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

Greenhouse gases generated by the U.S. economy will slide 9.2 percent this year, tumbling to the lowest level in at least three decades, a new BloombergNEF study says. Battered by the coronavirus pandemic, the stalled economy is projected to have generated 5.9 billion metric tons of emissions, about the same level as 1983, according to the private research organization. [ read more … ]

How can ethanol fit into lofty 2050 emissions goals?

By Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

It has been no secret that since the Obama Administration, there have been more efforts to combat the question and effects of climate change. There have been pushes made to curb the amount of carbon emissions in our modes of transportation and commit to more electric and clear burning fuel sources. The incoming Biden Administration is committed to a plan to have us get to a net-zero carbon emission status by the year 2050. However, opponents and skeptics say that while the idea of electrical-based vehicles and equipment is noble, the fact is that we still rely very heavily on fossil fuels like coal and oil to drive the generation of electricity.
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The Transition

Biden builds White House team 

By Sean Sullivan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

Also joining Biden’s team are Julie Chávez Rodríguez, his former deputy campaign manager, who will become director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She has worked for Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris and is the granddaughter of labor activist César Chávez. Annie Tomasini will become director of Oval Office operations. She has been Biden’s traveling chief of staff. [ read more … ]


Boris Johnson: Britain to halt gas car sales by 2030

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday. Boris Johnson made the pledge as part of plans for a “green industrial revolution” that he claims could create up to 250,000 jobs in energy, transport and technology. The government said sales of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans will end in 2030, though hybrid vehicles can be sold until 2035. [ read more … ]

UK refiners push back over 2030 ban on new fossil fuel cars

By Robert Perkins, S&P Global  •    •  Posted November 19, 2020

The UK’s refining sector has voiced its opposition to the UK plans to bring forward a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel cars to 2030, calling for more policy support for low carbon liquid fuels such as biofuels to help decarbonize the transport sector. Designed to help speed up the rollout of electric vehicles on the UK’s roads, the UK government said Nov. 18 it will accelerate its planned deadline for sales of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles from a previous target of 2035. [ read more … ]

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