Canada is developing biofuel incentives similar to California's and could provide a valuable new market for the U.S. biodiesel industry, which is struggling to increase exports to other countries due to countervailing duties and other barriers.
A federal appeals court heard arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of biofuel mandate waivers for small refineries, but some question if there will be a case of judicial pingpong with no court finding itself the right panel for a challenge.
Congress returns from a two-week break with the deepening impeachment battle clouding prospects for budget and tax issues important to U.S. .agriculture, and there is continued uncertainty about when lawmakers will take up the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement.
Trade tensions, the Trump administration's decisions on biofuel policy, and an oversupply of ethanol are placing ethanol plants in a tight spot financially, forcing some to either shut down or press pause on production until conditions improve, industry officials say.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday only a minimal increase in U.S. biofuel usage, reflecting modest growth in production of next-generation cellulosic ethanol, and the decision was immediately slammed by biodiesel producers.