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NEWS UPDATE January 4, 2021

Top Story

Mo. River Farmers Sue Federal Govt.

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

A new class-action lawsuit seeks compensation for farmers and other property owners who suffered property losses from repeated floods on both sides along a 240-mile stretch of the Missouri River. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for a class of farmers from Burt County in northeast Nebraska to Leavenworth County, Kansas, after a federal judge in December ruled the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers took land from three farmers without just compensation. [ read more … ]

RFS

Petroleum Opposes Biofuels RFS Remand

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

As biofuel producers attempt to force EPA to restore 500 million gallons that a court found were improperly waived from the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2016, a petroleum interest group is arguing those groups have no right to have the gallons remanded. In 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled the EPA had illegally waived the gallons from the 2016 RFS renewable volume obligations and required the agency to restore them, which the EPA has not yet done. [ read more … ]

Emissions

A Plan by Eastern States to Cap Tailpipe Emissions Gets Off to a Slow Start

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

 An ambitious plan by Eastern states for a regional cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks got off to a slow start Monday after just three states — Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — plus Washington, D.C., formally agreed to adopt it. But so far, only a few states have said they would begin implementing the policy. In a separate statement on Monday, eight other states left open the possibility of joining at a future date, but would not commit for now. Those states include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. [ read more … ]

‘A moral failing.’ Cambridge installs fuel warning labels

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

Drivers in Cambridge, Mass., soon will be forced to grapple with climate change — and their contributions to it — every time they fuel their cars. Local officials this week plan to affix labels to the city’s gas pumps that warn customers about the human causes and impacts of global warming. The installation comes nearly a year after Cambridge first passed an ordinance that mandated fuel pump warning labels in an effort to raise awareness about climate change — and nudge consumers to curb their own carbon footprints when possible. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standards

Explainer: How does Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard policy work?

By Nia Williams, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

Canada published the draft Clean Fuel Standard this month, which is central to the ruling Liberal Party’s commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The proposed regulation is also a key part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge that Canada will hit net-zero emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]

Pandemic Relief

Ted Cruz defends effort to secure pandemic relief for oil and gas companies, including one run by major donors

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is defending his push to ensure that oil and gas companies, including one owned by two of his biggest political donors, could tap into a Federal Reserve loan program designed to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican’s efforts have come under scrutiny in recent days after The Wall Street Journal reported that Texas billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks, the major Cruz backers, invested heavily in other energy companies at the same time that their outfit received a $35 million relief loan. [ read more … ]

Markets

Growth in ethanol demand will have to come from exports

By Meghan Grebner, Brownfield  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

Tanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, says fundamental shifts in domestic usage of gasoline will force the industry to develop new markets for ethanol. “We have to look abroad, send it into the export market- places like Brazil and China especially. That is a gigantic market where there is opportunity. Really the focus there for ethanol is where you can grow outside of the US when we have weaker demand here in the US.” [ read more … ]

Commentary

Biden’s pick for agriculture is a safe, solid choice. But U.S. farm policy needs fresh thinking.

By Washington Post Editorial Board  •    •  Posted January 3, 2021

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN sent a risk-averse signal by choosing Tom Vilsack as his nominee for secretary of agriculture. Mr. Vilsack is a 70-year-old former Democratic governor of Iowa and has already done an eight-year stint as head of the Agriculture Department under President Barack Obama. Eminently experienced, qualified and confirmable, even if Republicans control the Senate, Mr. Vilsack would transition smoothly into a task that figures to involve mainly the drafting of a new five-year farm bill due in 2023. [ read more … ]

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