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Govs. Walz and Noem for Support of E30

(Grand Rapids Herald Review) Recently, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, along with South Dakota Gov. and coalition vice chair Kristi Noem, sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to consider 30 percent ethanol blends, or E30, as a way to reduce toxic aromatics

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

How Ethanol Plant Shutdowns Deepen Pain for U.S. Corn Farmers

by Mark Weinraub and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  … (Indiana farmer Paul) Hodgen’s troubles reflect the increasing difficulties faced by America’s corn farmers as a meltdown in the ethanol industry hits the corn market – adding strains to farmers already facing poor weather and the U.S. trade war with China. Some 13

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

America’s Bioeconomy Plays Critical Role in Feeding, Fueling, and Healing the World

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has submitted comments to the Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) on the bioeconomy, explaining the critical role America’s biotechnology industry plays in feeding, fueling, and healing the world. The comments were recently highlighted by Tom DiLenge, president of BIO’s Advocacy, Law & Public Policy

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Weighs Tariffs to Enforce Climate Rules

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) European countries are threatening to impose tariffs on goods from countries like the United States that have failed to match their climate change policies.   …    A PAGE OUT OF THE TRUMP PROTECTIONIST PLAYBOOK: European countries worried their plans to cut greenhouse gases will

December 12, 2019 Read Full Article

For Trump Loyalist Rep. Jim Hagedorn, Ethanol Rules Pose a Challenge

by Gabe Schneider (MinnPost) In August, Corn Plus, one of the oldest biofuel plants in the state of Minnesota, closed. Forty employees lost their jobs. The reasons for a slump in the biofuels industry are many, but one stands out: a Trump administration policy allowing a substantial number of gasoline refineries

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Hails Announcement of USMCA Deal

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy, the nation’s largest ethanol association, hailed the announcement of a long-awaited deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. The USMCA modernizes the previous trade pact, strengthens the trade relationship between these North American nations, and provides critical market access for U.S. agriculture. Following the announcement,

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Says U.S. Will Finalize New Fuel Efficiency Rules Next Year

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California. … Trump said on Friday that the dispute was over “a tiny amount of

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Japan Trade Agreement Expands Market Access For U.S. Coarse Grains, Co-Products

(U.S. Grains Council) As the ink dries on the final signatures needed for the new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is celebrating improved access to the Japanese market and more than 50 years of partnership with one of the largest and most loyal customers of U.S. coarse grains

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Larry Kudlow Hatches New Plan to Boost Biofuel Mandates

by Jennifer Jacobs, Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg News/Transport Topics) White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is developing a new plan to bolster biofuel-blending requirements after ethanol allies in politically important farm states complained the current proposal doesn’t do enough to compensate for waivers exempting some small refineries from

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Klobuchar Leads Letter Expressing Concern that the Newly Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Blending Targets Will Be Undermined by Continued Abuse of ‘Hardship’ Waivers

(Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)) Klobuchar has spent months calling for an end to the harm caused by abuse of hardship waivers  —  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a public comment letter last week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing concern over the proposed supplemental

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Reynolds Requires All New State Diesel Vehicles to Use Fuel at Least 20% Biodiesel

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a boost Tuesday to Iowa’s renewable fuels industry, requiring that all new state-owned diesel-powered vehicles — from cars and trucks to snowplows and graders — be able to use at least 20% biodiesel. Reynolds signed the executive order at the Iowa Farm

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

More than 11,700 Comments Filed on EPA’s SRE Proposal

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The public comment period of U.S. EPA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the agency’s plan to reallocate future Renewable Fuel Standard volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) closed Nov. 29. More than 11,700 comments were filed on the proposal, according to data

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Urges EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments  today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE CEO Brian Jennings detailed three areas in which the proposal falls short in ACE’s written

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Governors Ask President Trump to Remove Gasoline’s Deadly Aromatics

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Say Poisonous Aromatics Put Our Health at Risk  —     In a letter to President Trump today, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem asked him to enforce a provision of the Clean Air Act that

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Asks Iowa Senator for Input on Biofuels Policy: Sources

by  Stephanie Kelly, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The White House has asked Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s office for input on the administration’s latest proposal to boost the ethanol market in 2020, according to two sources familiar with the matter on Friday, after a flurry of conversations between President Donald Trump and corn-state

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Production Idled Citing EPA Decisions, POET-DSM Converting Cellulose Plant to Research, Development

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) In another response to EPA’s actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC announced Tuesday the company will “pause” production of cellulosic ethanol at its Project Liberty plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels is a 50-50 joint venture between Royal DSM and

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Poll: Despite State Impacts, Registered Republicans Approve of How Trump Has Handled Trade with China

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) Three-fourths of Iowa’s registered Republicans back President Donald Trump’s approach to trade with China, and half say his tariffs have done more to help than harm Iowa agribusiness, a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.  The poll includes 502 registered Republicans who do not plan to caucus

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Senators Ask Trump to Stick to Biofuels Agreement

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) A group of United States senators asked President Donald Trump in a letter on Friday to make sure an EPA proposal to account for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard will account for actual gallons waived. The letter is signed by Sens. Charles Grassley,

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

California and Nearly Two Dozen Other States Sue Trump Administration for the Right to Set Fuel-Efficiency Standards

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  Lawsuit marks the latest in an escalating fight over one of the nation’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. — California and 22 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, asking a federal court to block the Trump administration from

November 16, 2019 Read Full Article

The Trouble with Biofuels

by Clair L. Jarvis:  … Perhaps the most interesting thing about the expansion of the biofuels industry — as a share of the fuel market and a lobbying power — is that the general public hasn’t really noticed. Compared with fracking or coal, biofuels aren’t the subject of many policy reports

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Small Refinery Exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard Explained

(U.S. Department of Energy Energy Information Administration) … The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the amount of renewable fuels refineres must blend into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. As part of the RFS program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can grant annual waivers to some petroleum refineries, called small refinery exemptions (SREs), which

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Whose Side Is Trump on? The Fight Continues…Corn Country and Oil Country Still Battling It out in Washington, DC

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …  It’s a back and forth game of Trump’s promises to help farmers and agriculture and support ethanol and biofuels, EPA giving small refinery waivers to big oil companies, …. … (T)he latest responses from Midwest Senators, the American Coalition for Ethanol, how both

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Ernst Says President Trump Is Upset by EPA’s Biofuels Rules

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa Senator Joni Ernst today said she’s talked directly with President Trump about the furor over proposed EPA rules which Ernst says do not fulfill the deal Trump struck in September on the renewable fuels standard. “I did visit with the president actually, again, two

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Amy Klobuchar: Donald Trump’s Presidency of Broken Promises Is further Dividing America

by Amy Klobuchar (Argus Leader) ‘When we’re straight with the American people, we can build an even bigger coalition with an optimistic economic and justice agenda for this country.’  — From town halls to fish fries, debate stages to Hall of Fame dinners, we have talked a lot about changing our

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

For Trump, Hints of Trouble in Ethanol Country

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times/Washington Post) … (J.D.) Scholten, a 39-year-old former semi-pro pitcher, was out on a 14-county “Don’t Forget About Us Tour” targeting Iowa towns of 1,000 people or fewer in his uphill climb against Rep. Steve King, the anti-immigrant Republican who dabbles in white nationalism. King’s

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Buttigieg Says There’s Real Cost to Trump’s Broken RFS Promises

by Bob Fisher (KGLO/Radio Iowa) Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Trump isn’t keeping his promises to Iowa’s agricultural community when it comes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. “Actions speak louder than words and the president says he cares about farmers, but if you look what he’s done with the RFS

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural Leaders Ask President Trump to Uphold Biofuel Promise

(Renewable Fuels Association) A broad coalition of biofuel and farm advocates today sent a letter to the White House calling on President Trump to fix a flawed proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which “fails in its mission to reinvigorate farm economies and reopen biofuel plants across America’s heartland.” The letter

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

How Lithium Could Be Calif.’s Next ‘Gold Rush’

by David Ferris and David Iaconangelo (E&E News)  …  EnergySource, based in San Diego, is making an expensive gamble that it can be the first to tap a vast reserve of lithium here that has frustrated engineers for decades. Lithium has always been valuable, but the arrival of electric vehicles

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

House Energy Hearing Pits Ethanol vs. EPA, Administration

by Matt Kaye (FarmWeekNow.com) Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper called the proposed supplemental rule issued by EPA a “bait and switch.”  —  … During a hearing before a U.S. House Energy subcommittee, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) chief Geoff Cooper accused EPA of secretly granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) as

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s Push for Ethanol Not Reaching Pumps

(Finance & Commerce/Bloomberg) Donald Trump’s effort to boost corn demand by allowing year-round sales of ethanol-blended gasoline has run into a logistical problem. Few stations offer it. In corn country, gasoline with a 15% blend of ethanol is now pretty accessible year-round. But in large population states including California, New York

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Car Clash Hits Cap Hill: Motor Madness

by Gavin Bade (Politico’s Morning Energy)  House lawmakers will hold a hearing today to critique the White House plan to roll back vehicle fuel economy standards, a day after GM, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said they would side with the Trump administration on the proposal. … Lawmakers on the House Committee

October 29, 2019 Read Full Article

The White House Summit on America’s Bioeconomy: The Inside Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington,  the White House hosted the Summit on America’s Bioeconomy earlier this  month, and the summary of the remarks is now available. The White House opined, “the Summit marked the first gathering at The White House of our Nation’s foremost bioeconomy experts, Federal officials, and

October 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Senate Dems Propose Major Clean Cars Push As Court Rejects Challenge to Clean Car Rollback

(Our Daily Planet) Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Sen. Jeff Merkley  of Oregon, on Friday announced a $450 billion/10 year “Clean Cars For America Climate Proposal”  to accelerate the transition to net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century by making clean cars

October 28, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Sign Major MOU to Promote Rural Energy, Advance Rural Communities, Domestic Manufacturing.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy and U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes today (October 24, 2019) announced a Memorandum of Understanding between the two departments to promote rural energy and the development of technologies

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

One Issue that Unites Republicans and DFLers in Minnesota? Biofuels

by Walker Orenstein (Twin Cities Business)  Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of ethanol and biodiesel, which they believe could help boost agriculture and reduce carbon emissions.  — In turbulent times for trade-dependent corn and soybean farmers, elected officials across the political spectrum in

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

New Court Documents Detail Rampant EPA Abuse of Small Refinery Exemption Program

(Renewable Fuels Association) Newly available court documents assert that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inappropriately granted Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the waivers, and that there was division within the Trump administration about its new approach to small refinery hardship

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Sides with EPA over USDA Objections on Biofuel

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Detroit News) Administration officials warned that an EPA plan for boosting biofuel-blending requirements violated the spirit of a deal brokered by President Donald Trump.  The White House blessed it anyway. The back and forth is revealed in newly released documents from a White House review of the Environmental

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

No Giant Package Necessary

By Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  Contrary to oil industry and media talking point headlines portraying Trump’s attempts to fix what his EPA’s policies have destroyed as a “payoff” or “hush money,” farmers and the ethanol industry merely want the law to be enforced as written—and

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Volatility in the Ethanol Market Could Increase – Archer-Daniels-Midland Suffers with the Agricultural Sector

by Andrew Hecht (Seeking Alpha) Summary: Lots of action in ethanol since the 2018 low. Liquidity declines in the biofuel. The trade war impacts ethanol – a policy decision fails to keep a promise. The falling Brazilian currency is also a factor. ADM is an ethanol producer. … The trade

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATED — Trump Lays RFS Egg and Perdue Hatches It

by Jim Wiesemeyer (Pro Farmer) President Donald Trump today said a plan to recalculate biofuel-blending requirements to offset waivers exempting refineries from the mandates is approved, done and ready to sign and that the deal is “going to be terrific for the small refiners” that have “been hurt for a long

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA: 5 SRE Applications Filed for Compliance Year 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending. No other changes were made to the EPA’s SRE data. In addition

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Pitch Plan to Trash Ethanol Mandate Amid Industry Clashes

by Brian Dabbs (National Journal)  …  Now, though, two retiring Republican House members want to carve out a new future for U.S. liquid transportation fuel policy. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois, who represents some of the most prolific corn-producing counties in the U.S., and Rep. Bill Flores, a petroleum-backing Texan,

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Farm Leaders Warn Trump Could Lose Rural Voters unless He Makes Good on Ethanol Deal

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Angry over proposed ethanol changes, Iowa agriculture leaders warned Wednesday that President Donald Trump will lose rural voters next year unless he makes good on a deal to restore millions of gallons of lost renewable fuel demand. “No more Iowa nice. Now, it’s Iowa pissed,” said Craig Floss, CEO

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

South Dakota Farmers Union Says RFS “Fixes” Lack Vision and Progress

(South Dakota Farmers Union) Following yet another disappointing announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke said it’s time to recognize the RFS Is broken. “The “big beautiful deal” EPA announced last week raised more

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

“EPA Reneges on Trump’s Biofuels Deal”: Shocker Details Emerge on US Oil Industry Waivers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “EPA Reneges on Trump’s Biofuels Deal”, said the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association in reacting to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s new plans for fulfilling federal renewable fuel requirements. EPA released a proposed supplemental rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard today, and the bioeconomy is up in arms, and

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

by Nadja Popovich and Denise Lu (New York Times) Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs. The (interactive) map … shows a year’s worth of CO2 from passenger and freight traffic

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Governors Ask Trump to Take Executive Actions on Biofuels

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  First and foremost, the group asked Trump to expedite any new rulemaking process aimed at the waivers issue. … As part of the biofuels announcement last week, the Trump administration also directed EPA and USDA to take steps to address barriers to the use

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Investors Ask GM to Join in

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A group of large investors is calling on GM to join a voluntary emissions deal struck between California, Ford and three other automakers — a deal that’s currently the subject of a Trump administration antitrust investigation, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. “Joining the agreement with California

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

President Trump’s ‘Giant’ Biofuels Package Is Decidedly Small

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha) Summary — The “giant package” that President Donald Trump had promised to the U.S. biofuels sector back in August was finally unveiled late last week. While the plan’s details continue to be scarce, those that have been provided suggest that the plan won’t do

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

US Voters Show Strong Support for Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard

(Biofuels International)  A new nationwide US survey conducted by Morning Consult has found strong support for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Support for the latter has reached its highest level since the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) began polling on RFS support in 2016. The survey additionally found that

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Ya Happy Now? Trump Administration Reveals Grand Bargain on Biofuels Volumes, E15, Small Refinery Waivers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In today’s Digest, the 4-Point Agreement, the backstory, the Glad Tidings, the Unfinished Business, and reaction from the stakeholders as we parse out the impact on future volumes, waivers, backfills, RINs, E15, blender pumps and more, …. The 4-Point Agreement The Administration announced that the

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Nixes Climate Change Language from Vehicle Emissions Proposal

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill) The White House removed language calling climate change a “serious challenge” from a proposal that limits California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emissions standards, according to reporting from E&E News.  A draft of the document obtained by E&E shows the White House striking the phrase “while global climate

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

President Trump Delivers on a Key Promise to American Farmers as EPA, USDA Announce Agreement on Promoting Biofuels

(Environmental Protection Agency) Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statements after President Donald J. Trump successfully negotiated an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): “President Trump’s leadership has led to an agreement that continues to promote

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Survey Finds Strong Opposition to EPA Oil Refinery Waivers, Strong Support for RFS

(Renewable Fuels Association) Registered voters oppose the Trump administration’s actions to exempt oil refineries from renewable fuel blending obligations by a margin of nearly two to one, according to new polling data released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. The nationwide survey, by Morning Consult, also found strong support for ethanol

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Small Refineries Petition Courts: Agriculture, Biofuel Groups Await Announcement on White House RFS Deal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Two small refiners not receiving exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard in EPA’s latest round of waivers announced on Aug. 9, continue to fight the agency’s rejection in federal court. At the same time, agriculture and biofuel interests continue to wait for a potential biofuels

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Cruel Summer

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining.  —  … The volume of SREs (small oil refinery exemptions) granted has exploded during the

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Farm-State Fury Creates Pressure for Trump as Trade, Energy Pain Collide

by David J. Lynch (Washington Post)  … After two decades, Siouxland (Energy Cooperative) this month halted operations following the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to exempt 31 small oil refiners from a federal law requiring them to blend ethanol in their gasoline. The waivers, which the Trump administration has approved almost

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

How U.S. Fossil Fuels Are Tied to Ukraine and Impeachment

by Scott Waldman and Benjamin Storrow (E&E News)  Ukraine, now at the center of a rapidly accelerating impeachment inquiry against President Trump, has been central to the president’s efforts to increase U.S. exports of fossil fuels. The Eastern European nation sits at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Today, roughly

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Daschle, Sombke Call Pending SAFE Rule the Path to Higher Ethanol Volumes

(Safe Gasoline Campaign) In a wide-ranging interview on a popular South Dakota Business Radio program, Sombke and Daschle stressed that moving to high octane gasoline is a way to build on the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The path to get there is through the Safe Affordable Fuel Efficiency (SAFE) rule currently

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Audio of Private Meeting Shows Oil Industry Ripping into Trump Administration

by Ben Lefebvre (Politico) At a closed-door meeting this summer, oil and gas industry lawyers criticized the Trump administration’s failure to recruit enough qualified people to secure policy victories that would outlast this presidency, according to a recording of the gathering. The audio from an Independent Petroleum Producers of America meeting

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Corn and Soybean Leaders Compel Lawmakers to Stop EPA’s Anti-Biofuels Actions

by Dave Blower Jr. (The News Gazette) The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) along with 12 other Indiana farm, ethanol and biodiesel plants and allied industries wrote to Indiana’s congressional delegation expressing frustration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to compel the

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Urge Trump to Address ‘Economic Crisis’ Facing Biofuels Industry

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News) Leaders in the renewable fuels industry say it’s urgent that President Trump fix the demand destruction and “economic crisis” created by RFS waivers. Ron Heck of Perry, Iowa, secretary of the National Biodiesel Board, says there’s no time to wait. “Many farmers are losing patience with

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

American Farmers Benefit from US-Japan Trade Agreement

by Mario Parker  (Transport Topics/Bloomberg News)  … Japan will reduce tariffs in stages on U.S. farm goods, such as beef and pork, USTR said in a statement Sept 25. The country will eliminate tariffs on $1.3 billion of U.S. agriculture products, including almonds, blueberries, sweet corn and sorghum, it said.

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Corrects Wheeler’s Misstatements about Ethanol Demand, SREs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Sept. 25 criticizing statements he made during a Sept. 19 congressional hearing where he claimed small refinery exemptions (SREs) are not impacting the ethanol industry. Wheeler appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

New Mexico Commits to Climate Action in the Face of Trump Administration’s Attack on Clean Car Standards

(Sierra Club)  Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will join 14 other states in adopting clean car standards requiring new cars sold in the state to emit fewer greenhouse gases. They also mandate an increasing percentage of cars sold in the state to be zero emissions. The governor

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration to Take Away Transportation Funding for CA Due to Its Dirty Air

(Our Daily Planet)  Looking to take further action against the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency under the guise of enforcing the state’s non-compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) says it will take away billions in federal funds provided to the state of California to implement low carbon transportation

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Market Movers

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Projections for E15 have been inconsistent since the May 31 Reid vapor pressure waiver. Ethanol Producer Magazine explores some of the factors that will influence the blend’s trajectory in the coming years. … Before the waiver, retailers selling E15 had already planned to increase

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Economist Proposes Two RFS Changes to Appease Oil, Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With a reported big deal for biofuels in flux, an economist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign put forward a plan on Thursday to account for more than 4 billion gallons of biofuels exempted to small refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard from 2016

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s Billion-Dollar Gambit: An Ethanol Deal to Meet the Demands of Farmers and Big Oil

by Tim Mullaney (CNBC)  President Trump is planning an ethanol deal to please U.S. farmers angry that many oil refiners have been freed from obligations to use oil-based fuel. The deal, still not yet reduced to a written bill, is likely to make oil companies that have been given permission

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Very Engaged’ Trump Talks Biofuels Policy with U.S. Oil-State Senators

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  President Donald Trump on Thursday discussed biofuels policy with senators from U.S. oil states, including Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who said the president was engaged on the issue that has pitted Big Oil and Big Corn against each other. The oil industry is opposed to the

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Announces One National Program Rule on Federal Preemption of State Fuel Economy Standards

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) President Trump promised the American people that his Administration would address and correct the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, and today (September 19, 2019), his Administration is taking steps to fulfill this promise. Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

California Sues Trump Administration over Revoking Authority to Limit Car Pollution

by Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  22 other states, plus D.C., Los Angeles and New York City, joined in the lawsuit — California and 22 other states filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday against the Trump administration, challenging its decision to revoke the most-populous state’s right to

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Tweets He’s Revoking California’s Tailpipe Emissions Waiver while Visiting State

by Miranda Green (The Hill) President Trump announced on Wednesday that his administration will be removing California’s tailpipe emissions waiver under the Clean Air Act, a decision likely to face fierce backlash in courts. Trump made the announcement via Twitter while touring California for private fundraisers and a visit to the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

“I’ve been hoodwinked so many times, not just by the EPA on this issue, but by other bureaucracies as well, so I’m going to see if what we talked about is the end product,” Senatory Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on September 17 referencing enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

by Stephanie Batchelor (Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)/Biofuels Digest) As we speculate on the details and implications of the administration’s renewable fuels deal, the future of an entire green industry hangs in the balance. The debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become muddied with rhetoric about special interests and government

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration to Revoke California’s Power to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis (Washington Post) The Trump administration will revoke California’s right to set stricter air pollution for cars and light trucks on Wednesday, according to two senior administration officials, as part of a larger effort to weaken an Obama-era climate policy curbing greenhouse gas emissions from

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Numbers Confirm Declining Demand For Ethanol

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The national average price for corn this season is back to $3.60 a bushel, about where it’s been most of this year except for an early-season spike ($4.16 in July) before the size and quality of the crop was known.  That’s not great news for corn growers,

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

In Wake of Saudi Attacks, Ethanol Can Help Provide Real Energy Security

(Renewable Fuels Association) Drone attacks Saturday in Saudi Arabia destroyed oil fields and caused a record spike in oil prices overnight, again calling into question claims that increased U.S. oil production has made America energy independent. The following is a statement from Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper: “The

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Weighs Boosts to Biofuels

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The White House is considering a plan that could limit the number of small refinery exemptions to the RFS, increase the volumes of biofuels that must be blended into gasoline and boost the spread of 15 percent ethanol fuels, four industry and other sources

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

APPEC: US Ethanol Exports Slow as Producers Diversify away from China

by Donavan Lim and Yi Jeng Huang (S&P Gobal Platts)  US ethanol exports are forecast to fall around 100 million gallons year on year to 1.5 billion gallons in 2019 as trade flows redirects away from China toward Southeast Asia and India, according to industry executive in an interview at

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Science and Technology Policy Office Request for Information on the Bioeconomy DEADLINE: October 22, 2019

(Federal Register)  The Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties on the U.S. Bioeconomy. The Bioeconomy represents the infrastructure, innovation, products, technology, and data derived from biologically-related processes and science that drive economic growth, promote health, and increase public benefit. Through this Request for

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Refining Representatives to Rally in Toledo against Trump Biofuels Policy

by Jon Chavez (The Blade) Members of Ohio’s oil refining industry will rally in Toledo Thursday at One Government Center downtown to urge President Trump not to tamper with laws regulating U.S. biofuels policy, because doing so could put smaller refineries, including the Toledo Refining Co. operation in Oregon, at risk

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Presses Biofuel, Oil Executives for Compromise

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Investors Business Daily)  Discussions aimed at breaking logjam over biofuel plan; Friday deadline issued for ideas on potential compromise  — Trump administration officials are squeezing biofuel and oil refining executives to agree to a plan to bolster corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. In

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

White House to Meet With Biodiesel Producers in Quest for a Deal

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) Trump administration officials are set to meet with renewable fuel producers on Wednesday, as they seek to entice industry endorsements for a plan to bolster corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. The meeting is slated to include executives from Louis Dreyfus Co., Renewable Biofuels

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Many U.S. Farmers Fume at Washington, Not Trump, over Biofuel, Trade Policies

by P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek  (Reuters)   …  Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger not at the Republican president, but at Washington’s bureaucracy. Trump has faced backlash from agricultural groups, ethanol producers and Midwestern politicians upset that his trade war with China has slashed export sales

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

King Willing to Debate Feenstra, Taylor

by Ty Rushing (NWestIowa.com)  … During his town hall, King addressed multiple topics including immigration, trade negotiations and the struggles of the agricultural renewable fuels community. POET Biorefining, the nation’s largest ethanol producer, has a plant south of Ashton, which King made reference to when questioning a recent decision by the

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump Can’t Erase a Decade of Clean Air Progress with a Sharpie

by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Washington Post) California has been a leader in the fight to clean our air since one of my heroes, Ronald Reagan, was our governor. The Trump administration, for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress. Whether it is political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy,

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Plan Faces Fresh Backlash from U.S. Agricultural Trade Groups

by Chris Prentice, Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. agricultural trade groups on Friday told the Trump administration a proposed biofuel reform package falls short of expectations, four sources familiar with discussions said, complicating plans the administration had for presenting the proposal to President Donald Trump. … The plan

September 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Justice Dept. Launches Antitrust Probe of Automakers over Their Fuel Efficiency Deal with California

by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (Washington Post) The Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation of four leading automakers over an agreement they forged with the state of California to maintain higher fuel efficiency standards than those sought by the Trump administration, escalating the stakes in the long-running battle between

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in High-Stakes Balancing Act between Oil and Corn ahead of 2020 Bid

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  At a closed-door meeting at the White House on Aug. 19, President Donald Trump looked increasingly alarmed as his top envoy to China delivered evidence of rising Farm Belt frustration over his biofuel policy along with a stark warning: You’ve got a problem in

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Weighs Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

(Bloomberg)  Trump officials honing plan to benefit ethanol, biodiesel; Latest initiative would spike 2020 quotas by 1 billion gallons —  Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S.

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

California, Trump Clash over Cars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  California and the Trump administration will duke it out in court today over EPA’s initial decision to undo Obama-era auto emissions standards.  …  It’s California vs. Donald Trump today at the D.C. Circuit in an early test of the clash between the state and federal

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Petroleum Industry Warns Trump It Will Fight Ethanol Moves

by Dave Boyer (The Washington Times) A leading trade group for the petroleum industry warned President Trump on Tuesday to ditch his plan to boost ethanol production, saying it would be a “disastrous political decision.” …  He (Frank Macchiarola, a vice president of the American Petroleum Institute) said the petroleum industry

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump, Biofuels, 2020 and the Prospect of a Farmer Flip

by Matt Carr (Biofuels Digest/New Energy America)  … President Trump has repeatedly buckled under pressure from fossil fuel interests and their Wall Street backers, giving an unprecedented number of “small refinery waivers” to oil refiners that have reported record profits year over year, significantly undermining biofuel production by destroying nearly 4

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Booker: We Will Stop the Oil Refinery Waivers, as Part of $3 Trillion Clean Energy and Infrastructure Plan

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In New Jersey, Senator Cory Booker announced that, if elected as US President, he would “Immediately end the granting of unwarranted RFS small refinery waivers to big oil companies, and substantially increase funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Booker became the second US

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Brazil Increases Quota for Tariff-Free Ethanol Imports, but for Only One Year

by Luciano Costa and Jake Spring  (Reuters) Brazil has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free quota for ethanol imports, but the new allotment will last only one year instead of the two years allocated to the former quota that expired on Saturday, according to the country’s official gazette. The

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Five Reasons Why Big Oil Is Wrong

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association) On Wednesday, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter to President Trump in response to reports that the administration is considering measures to mitigate the harm that the renewable fuels industry has experienced as a result of the

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

A Farmer’s Plea to the President: Fix our Fuel

by Doug Sombke (The Hill/Farmers Union Enterprises and the South Dakota Farmers Union)  … I recently wrote a letter to the president suggesting a pathway out from under the proverbial rock. I urged him to direct the EPA to enforce the mandatory provision of the Clean Air Act that requires it to reduce the toxic

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Teases Work on Policy Package to Boost Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) President Donald Trump issued a tweet Aug. 29 suggesting his administration is working on a “giant package” to boost demand for ethanol. He did not indicate what the timeframe for the release of that package might be. Trump’s tweet followed weeks of outrage by

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Corn Farmers to Trump: The Government Put Us in ‘One Hell of a Bad Situation’

by Tal Axelrod (The Hill) The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) blasted the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying the government has put it in “one hell of a bad situation.” The trade association hammered President Trump for approving what it called 31 “unjustified” refinery waivers tied to ethanol, along with his year-plus trade war

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Governor Planning DC Meeting over ‘Short Term Crisis’ in Ethanol Industry

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds and Midwest governors are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. to talk with President Trump about unrest in farm country. “Let him know first-hand what’s happening on the ground,” Reynolds said this morning. The Trump Administration recently granted waivers to oil companies,

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Klobuchar: In First 100 Days as President, Pledges Moratorium on Oil Refinery Waivers, Restoration of Renewable Fuels Tax Credit and More

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Klobuchar says “I will stop the oil refinery waivers”: In Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said that, if elected President in 2020, would in her first 100 days in office order a moratorium on oil refinery waivers issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard, restore the

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

China to Boost Ethanol Import Tariffs another 10% on December 15

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In China, Reuters reports that as part of another $75 billion in tariffs on US imports in the latest round of the on-going trade war, as of December 15 US-origin ethanol will face an additional 10% import duty on top of existing duties that already make

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Internal White House Documents: EPA Ignored Trump Administration Recommendations to Redistribute Small Refinery Waived Volumes

(Renewable Fuels Association) Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). According to

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Biofuel Boost in Bid to Temper Farm State Anger

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  2021 quotas will jump to make up for oil refinery exemptions; Move could alienate Rust Belt refinery workers in Pennsylvania  — President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Set to Discuss Biofuels Thursday with USDA, EPA: Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allowed oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, is set to meet with cabinet members on Thursday to discuss ways to boost biofuel demand, four sources familiar with the matter said.

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Dems Aim to Capitalize on Trump’s Ethanol Policy

by Brian Dabbs  (National Journal)  Democratic presidential candidates are exploiting a controversial White House ethanol policy to try to generate support among President Trump’s staunchest backers. The Environmental Protection Agency waived ethanol blending requirements for more than 30 petroleum refiners earlier this month, in a move that continues to infuriate

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Mulling Ethanol Reallocation, Sources Say

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration is considering reallocating the volumes of ethanol that were reduced when it allowed dozens of refineries to waive their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements to blend the biofuel with gasoline, four industry sources with knowledge of the discussions told Pro’s Eric Wolff.

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Lobby Sues EPA Over Renewable Fuel Standard Exemptions

by Michael McGrady (Inside Sources) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing a legal challenge from a coalition of biofuel and agriculture industry groups regarding the agency’s proposal for reduced renewable fuel volumes. According to a press release from the coalition, the organizations filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Wound up over Waivers

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA’s internal watchdog is being asked to determine how the agency decided to grant the vast majority of exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard that oil refiners have requested. EPA approved 31 petitions for waivers from the 2018 requirements, while rejecting just six, and

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Addressing Two Objections to My Midwest Ethanol Plan

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  … My proposed solution is for the Midwestern states to band together to provide sufficient state incentives to develop a major Midwest corridor where E85 — a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline — is the primary fuel of choice for consumers. There is enough

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: Trump Ordered Waivers: Ongoing Court Challenges May Be Only Avenue Left for Biofuels

by By Todd Neeley and Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  …The president sided with oil refiners over ethanol producers and corn farmers, just two months after reiterating his support for ethanol at a rally held at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate the approval of year-round

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Trade Dispute Affecting Ethanol Production in Midwest

by Andy Knight (The Herald Bulletin) Officials with POET Biorefining in Alexandria are monitoring the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, which has resulted in significant tariffs on U.S. ethanol shipments to that country. POET employs more than 40 people in Madison County and, according to the company’s

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Intervention Triggered EPA’s Surprise Biofuel Waiver Decision: Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters) A phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump last week ended a nearly two-month-long review of the nation’s biofuels program, three sources familiar with the matter said, with the White House siding in favor of oil refiners over corn growers. Trump gave Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S.

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Farmers Stick With Trump Despite Trade War

by John McCormick and Jesse Naranjo (Wall Street Journal)  … “He’s doing the right thing,” said Leo Balk, a fifth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, oats, beef and dairy cows on about 300 acres near New Hampton, Iowa. “It hurts, but his concept is absolutely right.” One of the reasons farmers

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Strikes Icy Blow to Ag & Biofuels: 31 Waivers Hit Heart of American Farmers and Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  EPA might have a new name in some circles – Exemptions for Petroleum Agency – thanks to the 31 small refinery waivers issued on Friday which has the biofuels and agriculture industries reeling after promises made by President Trump to look into why big oil

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Moves to Finalize Weakening of Car Efficiency Standards: The White Houes’s Rule Would Cost the Economy $400 Billion by Midcentury, According to a New Analysis from Energy Innovation.

(GreenTechMedia)  An analysis published Wednesday by clean energy advocacy group Energy Innovation found that if the administration does eliminate California’s waiver, costs from the rule change would total $400 billion in 2018 dollars by 2050. By 2035, Energy Innovation projects that transportation emissions will be at least 10 percent higher than

August 8, 2019 Read Full Article

China Dismisses Trump Agri Purchase Claim, Says Honouring Pledges; NDRC Says Claims China Not Buying US Agri Products ‘Groundless’

by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly (Reuters/Zawya)  Beijing is honouring its pledges to buy U.S. agricultural products, state media cited China’s state planning body saying, dismissing an accusation from U.S. President Donald Trump that it had not met purchasing promises in the sector. Trump had said on Thursday that Beijing had

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil Considers Dropping Barriers to U.S. Ethanol

by Rachel Gamarski and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Decision may be taken before tax-free quota expires end-August; Any tariff on U.S. ethanol would hurt bilateral trade talks — As China turns its back on American ethanol in a lingering trade spat, Brazil is considering opening its doors to U.S. biofuel.  —   Brazilian authorities are

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA’s Final SAFE Vehicles Rule under OMB Review

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA submitted its final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Aug. 2. OMB review marks a final stage before the public release of the

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

States Sue Trump Administration for Reduced Penalties on Fuel Efficiency

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  Thirteen states filed suit against the Trump administration Friday, arguing it was breaking the law by cutting penalties for automakers that do not meet Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. The suit, led by California’s and New York’s attorneys general, goes after a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule that

August 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Dennis Lundell: Ethanol Is Vital to Rural America

by Dennis Lundell (The Cap Times)  Dear Editor: With the recent move to lift restrictions on E15 by President Trump, the agricultural community has an opportunity to build America’s economy with more renewable biofuels. And that means less reliance on foreign oil, cleaner air and more income in rural communities.

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

China’s Ethanol Goals Could See Big Increase in Demand

by Sean Pratt  (Western Producer)  An analyst doesn’t think China will delay implementing its E10 policy until there is adequate domestic capacity because the policy is being driven by a desire to clean up the country’s air before hosting the 2022 Olympics. Moving to a 10 percent gasoline blend by 2020

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Chief Defends Biofuel Waivers in Meeting with Farm Senators: Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  The head of the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency defended his agency’s expanded use of waivers exempting refineries from the country’s biofuel law during a closed-door meeting with farm state senators last week, arguing the program has had no negative impact on ethanol demand, according to

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Industry Nearing Breaking Point: Green Plains CEO

by Jarrett Renshaw, Stephanie Kelly   (Reuters)  The U.S. ethanol industry is about to break under the weight of the Trump Administration’s trade war with China and the surge in the number of small refineries exempted from the nation’s biofuel laws, said Todd Becker, CEO of Green Plains (GPRE.O). The U.S. ethanol industry

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Major Automakers Strike Climate Deal with California, Rebuffing Trump on Proposed Mileage Freeze

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis (Washington Post)  The agreement could have vehicles hit 50 miles per gallon on average by 2026  —  Four automakers from three continents have struck a deal with California to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years, undercutting one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive climate policy

July 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Department Says EPA Issued RFS Exemptions Against DOE Advice

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Contrary to assertions by the EPA, the Energy Department confirmed in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that the EPA has issued so-called “economic hardship” exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to small refineries, often owned by billion-dollar oil companies, even when the Energy Department

July 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Small U.S. Refiners Vow to Sue EPA If It Fails to Issue 2018 Waiver Rulings in 60 Days

by Humeyra Pamuk (National Post/Reuters)  Small U.S. refineries plan to sue Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 60 days, if the agency by then fails to issue its decisions on 2018 petitions for waivers from the nation’s biofuel laws, refiners said in a letter on Wednesday. … Since Trump took office, the EPA

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

RFS Reset Plan from EPA Still Not Coming Soon

(DTN Progressive Farmer Washington Insider)  The notice of proposed rulemaking for the reset of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is still a ways off as there are now additional meetings scheduled on the topic at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which is currently reviewing the EPA proposal on the

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

A Political ‘Fight to the Knife’ over Ethanol Comes to Wisconsin

by Chris Hubbuch (Wisconsin State Journal)  … “There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party,” said Scott Irwin, chairman of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It’s pitting two significant Republican constituencies of the president and neither one is now in a position to issue any kinds of

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Suspends Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Penalties

by Jessica Campisi (The Hill)  The Trump administration announced late Friday that it will formally suspend an Obama-era regulation that penalized automakers that didn’t meet fuel-efficiency requirements, Reuters reports. After Congress ordered federal agencies to adjust existing penalties in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued rules that more than

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Form Conservation Caucus to Take on Environment, Climate Change

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  Republicans on Wednesday launched an environment-minded conservation caucus aimed at battling the perception that their party doesn’t care about climate change. Dubbed the Republican Roosevelt Conservation Caucus after National Park Service founder President Teddy Roosevelt, the bicameral group lists public land access, water quality and ocean

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Intervention Delaying EPA Biofuel Waiver Action, Sources Say

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump’s request for a review of the administration’s expanded use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners is holding up its decisions on 2018 applications, according to three sources familiar with the matter, two of whom said Trump may soon host a meeting on the

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Bernie Sanders and AOC Want Congress to Declare a National Emergency over Climate Change

by Tara Golshan (Vox)  Climate activists around the world are pushing governments to treat global warming as an emergency. — … On Tuesday, they got three prominent progressive allies in the United States to publicly join their cause: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The lawmakers

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

by  Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)  The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ plea adds to a chorus of criticism from an unlikely mix

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM Launches Ad Campaign Urging the President to Protect Refinery Jobs

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  Today (July 8, 2019), AFPM launched an advertising campaign asking President Trump to keep his promise to protect U.S. refiners from unchecked ethanol mandates that threaten to kill our jobs. This campaign comes on the heels of increasing calls from the ethanol industry to eliminate small

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

With 2020 Looming, Trump Weighs Boosting Farmers at Refineries’ Expense

by James Osborne  (Houston Chronicle)  The future of an exemption shielding oil refining companies from a federal mandate that they blend corn-based ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply is looking increasingly uncertain amid increasing political pressure on the Trump administration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Months after the Environmental Protection Agency,

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

ABA’s Take: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to RVOs & SREs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In line with today’s top story on the EPA’s RVOs proposal for 2020, here’s the Advanced Biofuels Association’s take from ABLC 2019 on it all from a history perspective. Mike McAdams, President of Advanced Biofuels Association, looks back at the history of EPA’s small refinery exemptions going

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

California Canada Pollution California, Canada Sidestep Trump, Ink Deal on Emissions

(Associated Press) California picked up an important partner its long-running dispute with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions and fuel economy by announcing a deal with Canada to work on pollution reductions. The agreement comes as the state is in a standoff with its own federal government on the same issues,

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ed Lotterman: Oil Prices, War, and a Bad Corn Crop

by Ed Lotterman (Bismarck Tribune)  Unless National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo manage to gin up a war with Iran, the terrible crop conditions across much of the Midwest this year means that some fuel ethanol distillers will be shutting down operations. Quibbles about the

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Review of Controversial Biofuel Waiver Program: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has directed members of his Cabinet to review the administration’s expanded use of waivers exempting small refineries from the nation’s biofuel policy, after hearing from farmers angry about the issue during his recent Midwest tour, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

NCGA Ups Pressure on EPA to Follow President’s Lead on Ethanol

(National Corn Growers Association)  The National Corn Growers Association today will begin airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: This Former EPA Appointee Wants to Make Climate Change a Winning Issue for Trump

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  Democratic contenders for president are trying to make climate change a top electoral issue. But one Trump appointee who recently left the Environmental Protection Agency wants to make sure it is a winning issue for her former boss instead. Since leaving the EPA in February, Mandy Gunasekara formed what

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President

by @AmyForAmerica (Medium.com) U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released a plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President of the United States to take on the biggest challenges we face at home and abroad. … Through executive action, Senator Klobuchar will begin to

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Oil Industry and Environmentalists form an Odd Alliance against Trump on Ethanol

by Emily Moon (Pacific Standard)  It could be years before farmers see any gains from the rollback of E15 restrictions—or before oil interests and environmental groups see any losses.  —  … For ethanol’s biggest opponents, the deregulation could usher in a whole host of plagues, including environmental hazards and falling oil profits. While

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol, the intoxicating alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, has been powering automobiles in the U.S. since the era of the Model T more than a century ago. Since the 1970s, when oil became more expensive and subject to international disputes — and

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

What Trump’s New Ethanol Rules Mean for You

by Brittany De Lea (Fox Business)  President Trump is in Iowa on Tuesday, just weeks after he lifted restrictions on ethanol – which could be a boon to both farmers and some drivers. At the end of May, the Trump administration announced it would allow for the year-round sale of gasoline with higher concentrations

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol while Bashing Biden

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  President Trump gave rallygoers in Iowa on Tuesday a sign of what might come in 2020, speaking to them about ethanol while taking hard jabs at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Speaking in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate his administration’s decision to allow 15 percent of ethanol to be mixed

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA’s Internal Advisory Board Recommends Investigating Science behind Auto Emission Rollback

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) is recommending a review of the agency’s decision to roll back a prominent Obama-era policy on auto emissions. The independent group made up of researchers and scientists wrote in a May 18 memorandum first obtained by Bloomberg that the department’s justification for

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

US EPA Readies Proposal for 2020-21 Biofuel Mandate

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts)   EPA says on track to release final volumes on time; Trump to tour Iowa ethanol plant Tuesday; Warren criticizes small refinery waivers  —  The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposal for how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuel supply next

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article
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