Category: Policy

Democratic Candidates Promise Sweeping Changes in the U.S. Energy Sector – but What Can Actually Get Done?: New Report

Democratic Candidates Promise Sweeping Changes in the U.S. Energy Sector – but What Can Actually Get Done?: New Report

August 28, 2019 |

In New York, Raymond James issued an  in depth analysis of the the energy and climate/environmental policy proposals of the leading Democratic candidates. The focus is on the three candidates who are consistently leading the national and early-state primary polls: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, though we will […]

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Growth Energy members tell President Trump of plant closures from EPA decisions

Growth Energy members tell President Trump of plant closures from EPA decisions

August 27, 2019 |

In Washington, Growth Energy members, representing plants across the heartland, sent a letter to the White House urging immediate action to restore biofuel demand lost due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued abuse of small refinery exemptions. In their letter to President Trump, ethanol producers reinforced how important this issue is to rural communities […]

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Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

August 26, 2019 |

In Washington, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, along with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the harmful abuse of small refinery hardship waivers […]

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Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

August 25, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the backlash from biofuels and agriculture industries over the recent 31 small refinery waivers from the EPA has caused President Trump to request a push for more E15 beyond the more common E10 gasoline, and a request for the EPA “to give a 500 million gallon boost to the amount of conventional […]

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White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

August 22, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that a cabinet meeting held at the White House on Thursday discussed several options to reduce tension in the farm belt following the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of 31 hardship waivers recently, including the reversal of some of those approvals. Another option is one that the ethanol industry has long called […]

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Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

August 21, 2019 |

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE’s) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reynolds and Naig also extended an invitation to Administrator Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating […]

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President Trump on the backfoot following farm country backlash to EPA’s waiver decisions

President Trump on the backfoot following farm country backlash to EPA’s waiver decisions

August 20, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump held a two-hour meeting with cabinet members on Monday that included representatives from the Department of Energy, USDA and Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to stem the blowback from angry farmers and their legislators following the approval of 31 hardship waivers by the EPA last week. The […]

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Malaysia offers UK route to palm oil trade post-Brexit

Malaysia offers UK route to palm oil trade post-Brexit

August 19, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that the country’s prime minister said in an opinion column that the UK could avoid the European trade war with the country by taking its own route post-Brexit by importing palm oil. Though he said he hopes to avoid a trade war with the EU and continues to “hold out the […]

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President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

August 18, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reported that President Trump made a phone call last week to Andrew Wheeler at the EPA to give the go ahead on the small refinery exemptions to 31 of the 40 applications, with sources citing that President Trump just wanted the issue off his desk. The small refinery exemption waivers were […]

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Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

August 15, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, local press reports that the government is moving forward with its long-awaited national biofuels plan that looks to promote sugarcane and jatropha as key feedstocks for ethanol and biodiesel production while also exploring other potential feedstocks such as cassava and sweet sorghum. The policy aims to take the country through 2030 as it […]

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