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NEWS UPDATE December 23, 2020

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  It resumes on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top Story

Trump Demands Changes to Coronavirus Relief Bill, Calling It a ‘Disgrace’

By Luke Broadwater and Alan Rappeport, New York Times  •    •  Posted December 23, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, who had been pressing for similarly sized checks, welcomed Mr. Trump’s intervention. “Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!” she wrote on Twitter. House Democrats planned to bring up the $2,000 payments for a vote by unanimous consent on Thursday, said an aide who was familiar with the proposal. [ read more … ]

A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

By Nicholas Fandos, Luke Broadwater and Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

A week before Thanksgiving, a small group of moderate senators gathered in the spacious living room of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s home on Capitol Hill to embark on what they considered an urgent assignment. They were there — eating Tuscan takeout as they sat socially distanced, with the windows open to let the cold air circulate as a coronavirus precaution — to talk about how to get the Senate, polarized and paralyzed on nearly every issue, working again. [ read more … ]

Congress Authorizes USDA to Provide Relief to Biofuels Producers

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted December 23, 2020

After a long 2020 for the ethanol industry, including massive industry shutdown from caved demand for transportation fuels during the COVID-19 economic shutdown, ethanol industry groups celebrated the inclusion of relief outlined in the new stimulus relief package. Last week representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association estimated the industry lost $4 billion in revenue in 2020 and would continue to lose money. [ read more … ]

RFA Applauds Ethanol Eligibility in COVID Relief Bill, Welcomes Tax Extenders

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations and Coronavirus Relief Package, which explicitly includes renewable fuel producers as entities eligible to receive COVID-19 emergency relief aid. The bill also extends key tax provisions that support innovation and expansion in the renewable fuels industry, including the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Credit, and the Section 45Q tax credit for carbon sequestration. The legislation provides $13 billion in agricultural assistance and programs and specifies that the funding may be used to “make payments to producers of advanced biofuel, biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, conventional biofuel, or renewable fuel…produced in the United States, for unexpected market losses as a result of COVID–19.”
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The Transition

Biden EPA Designee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

By John Herath, Farm Journal  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

“Friday night, I got a call from Michael. He called me on my cell phone, he called me at night. It was not set up, and I was completely surprised,” NCGA CEO Jon Doggett told Chip Flory on the AgriTalk Radio Show. “He just wanted to introduce himself and said, ‘You know, we’ve got a lot of work to do together if I get confirmed, and I’m looking forward to working with you.’” [ read more … ]

Minnesota Clean Car Standrads

Minnesota moves ahead with ‘clean car’ rules

By Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

Minnesota officials are moving forward with “clean cars” standards, a plan intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase electric vehicle options for consumers, while also getting the state back on track toward meeting its climate change goals.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Friday announced that it plans to formally publish a draft rule on Monday that it had first proposed 15 months ago. If a state administrative law judge approves the plan early next year, the new standards would go into effect in early 2024, and would apply to model year 2025 vehicles.  [ read more … ]

Minn. drives toward tougher standards

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

Minnesota today moved to formally adopt California’s tougher clean car rules, as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to set more protective standards nationwide. In a notice in the State Register, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency outlined plans to follow the Golden State’s low-emission vehicle and zero-emission vehicle regulations. If approved by an administrative law judge, the rules would apply to new passenger cars and light trucks beginning in January 2024. [ read more … ]

EVs

Exclusive: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology – sources

By Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 22, 2020

Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch. At one point, Apple drew back the effort to focus on software and reassessed its goals. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who had worked at Tesla Inc, returned to oversee the project in 2018 and laid off 190 people from the team in 2019. [ read more … ]

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