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North Korea wants to give candies to kids for Kim Jong Un's birthday, but it's making its citizens pay to produce them: report

A worker stands before a machine on a production line for "Taeha" brand cakes at the Unha Taesong Foodstuff Factory in Pyongyang on April 6, 2021.KIM WON JIN/AFP via Getty Images North Korea is making residents pay for sweets to give children on Kim Jong Un's birthday, RFA reported. Surging prices amid a food shortage this year led officials to impose a tax on candy ingredients. The sweets are a long-time tradition for the Kims' birthdays. Local governments in North Korea are requirin...
Tags: Human Rights, News, North Korea, International, Trends, Kim Jong Un, Kim, RFA, Pyongyang, Kim Jong, Food Shortage, Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung, North Pyongan Province, Getty Images North Korea, Matthew Loh


ACE, RFA, others testify to EPA to get the RFS back on track

In Washington, D.C., American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty testified on Friday during a virtual public hearing on the Proposed Extension of Renewable Fuel Standard Compliance Deadlines the Environmental Protection Agency proposed in November and the Renewable Fuels Association strongly urged the EPA to move forward on enforcing the RFS. Lamberty’s testimony pointed out that if EPA would have finalized the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) on time last November ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Washington, Policy, Epa, RFS, RFA, Cooper, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association, Tenth Circuit, ACE, Lamberty, Geoff Cooper, HollyFrontier, Ron Lamberty


Report casts doubt on claim a North Korean was sentenced to death for smuggling 'Squid Game'

A still from Netflix's 2021 series "Squid Game."Netflix Radio Free Asia reported that 'Squid Game' had been smuggled into North Korea. The outlet said that a smuggler was facing death by firing squad as punishment. The respected outlet NK News cited experts who said this was unlikely. A North Korea-focused news outlet cast doubt on a viral report that said the Netflix drama "Squid Game" had been smuggled into the secretive state, leading to a death sentence.NK News sought to debun...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, UK, North Korea, US, Trends, Usb, Netflix, RFA, Reuters, NK, SOAS, Korean Studies, NK News, Hazel Smith, Radio Free Asia RFA


A North Korean man who smuggled 'Squid Game' into the country is to be executed by firing squad and a high-school student who bought a USB drive with the show will be jailed for life, report says

The character Kang Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector, in "Squid Game."Youngkyu Park North Korea appears to have come down hard on people who distribute or watch "Squid Game." Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a man there was sentenced to death for smuggling it. Seven high-school students received harsh sentences for watching the show, RFA reported. North Korea appears to have come down hard on people who distribute or watch Netflix's hit show "Squid Game."A report by Radio Fre...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, North Korea, US, Trends, Usb, Netflix, RFA, Radio Free Asia, North Hamgyong, Kang Sae, Huileng Tan, Squid Game Youngkyu Park North Korea


A North Korean man who smuggled 'Squid Game' into the country is to be executed by firing squad, and a highschool student who bought a USB drive with the show will be jailed for life, report says

North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok (Player 067) in Squid Game.Youngkyu Park North Korea appears to have come down hard on people who distribute and watch "Squid Game." Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a North Korean man was sentenced to death for smuggling the show. Seven high school students received harsh sentences for watching the show, RFA reported. North Korea appears to be coming down hard on those who distribute or watch Netflix's hit show "Squid Game."According to Ra...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, North Korea, US, Trends, Usb, Netflix, RFA, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Asia RFA, North Hamgyong, Kang Sae, Huileng Tan, Youngkyu Park North Korea


A North Korean man who smuggled 'Squid Game' into the country is to be executed by firing squad, while a highschooler student who bought a USB drive with the show will be jailed for life, report says

North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok (Player 067) in Squid Game.Youngkyu Park A North Korean high school student watched "Squid Game" with his best friend who shared it with others. They were caught by censors after a tip-off, according to a report from Radio Free Asia. One of them got off the hook thanks to rich parents who paid a $3,000 bribe, the outlet reported North Korea is coming down hard on those who distribute or watch Netflix's hit show "Squid Game."The reclusive country has se...
Tags: South Korea, North Korea, US, Trends, Usb, Netflix, RFA, North Hamgyong, Kang Sae, Huileng Tan


North Korean Squid Game Smuggler Sentenced To Death After Students Caught Watching The Show

A startling report came out of Radio Free Asia (via Variety) yesterday, as a man who smuggled copies of the hit South Korean Netflix series "Squid Game" into North Korea has been sentenced to death by firing squad for the crime. RFA learned that the series was smuggled in from China on USB flash drives, and authorities first learned of the show's presence in North Korea after catching high school students watching the program. "Squid Game" is an outlawed program in North Korea in violation of th...
Tags: South Korea, Movies, News, Washington Post, North Korea, China, Usb, Netflix, Kim, RFA, K Pop, Kim Jong, Republic of Korea, North Hamgyong, United States Despite North Korea, Korean Service


‘Squid Game’ Smuggler Sentenced to Death in North Korea After Students Caught Watching Netflix Show – Report

A man who smuggled copies of smash hit South Korean Netflix series “Squid Game” into North Korea has been sentenced to death, after authorities caught high school students watching the show, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA). U.S.-headquartered independent news agency RFA reported, quoting sources, that the series was smuggled in from China on USB […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, North Korea, China, Global, Netflix, RFA, Squid Game


Ethanol production up 10.2% from same week last year, up even more than pre-pandemic

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production scaled up by 21,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 2.0%, to 1.060 million b/d, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This is equivalent to 44.52 million gallons daily. Production was 10.2% above the same week last year, which was affected by the pandemic, and 2.6% greater than the same week in 2019. However, the four-week average ethanol production volume decreased 0.8% to 1.078 million b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 16.53...
Tags: Washington, EIA, Ethanol, RFA, Midwest, Fuels, bg Ethanol, Gulf Coast PADD


RFA calls on Biden Administration to double down on ethanol

In Washington, as the Biden administration continues to explore options for addressing high gas prices, the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to the White House late Monday explaining that strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes and expanded ethanol consumption would help keep pump prices in check. RFA’s letter follows media reports that Biden administration officials may be considering lowering RFS volumes based on the mistaken belief that the program somehow is a factor contributi...
Tags: Washington, White House, Policy, Biden, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association


RFA says Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize biorefineries

In Washington, the USDA’s new Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry program should prioritize projects that will help farmers and downstream processors—like ethanol biorefineries—measure, verify, and monetize carbon sequestration and emissions reductions that result from new technologies and more efficient practices. This recommendation was one of many suggestions submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association Monday in response to the USDA’s request for information on potential Climate-Smart Agr...
Tags: Washington, Usda, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Fuels, Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry CSAF


RFA to COP26: Ethanol smart choice right now for decarbonization goals

In Washington, D.C., as leaders from around the world descend on Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Renewable Fuels Association reminds them that ethanol and other renewable fuels are available—today—to jumpstart global decarbonization efforts. A new one-page fact sheet released by RFA spotlights recent research and data proving that ethanol is an immediate solution for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. “Ethanol already cuts carbon emis...
Tags: Washington, Ethanol, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Glasgow Scotland, Geoff Cooper, Fuels, Cop26


RFA tells CARB carbon reduction targets should be technology-neutral

In California, in comments submitted late last week, the Renewable Fuels Association reminded the California Air Resources Board that the state’s path toward achieving its carbon reduction targets should be technology-neutral, inclusive of a broad array of low- and zero-carbon technologies. RFA also recommended that CARB rely on more realistic assumptions and feasible scenarios as it develops its plan to achieve statewide carbon neutrality by 2045 or sooner. RFA submitted the comments in respons...
Tags: California, Policy, RFA, Carb, Renewable Fuels Association, California Air Resources Board


RFA submits comments to International Trade Administration regarding clean tech export competitiveness strategy

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association late Friday submitted comments to the International Trade Administration responding to questions posed about the U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy. These comments were issued in addition to joint comments submitted earlier by RFA, the U.S. Grains Council and others. “U.S. ethanol can play a critical role towards global decarbonization goals,” wrote RFA Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis. “Many countries are now d...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Davis, RFA, International Civil Aviation Organization, Renewable Fuels Association, Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U S Grains Council, Foreign Agricultural Service, U S Clean Technologies, International Buyers Program


Ethanol production up 5.5% for 13 week high

In Indonesia, ethanol production scaled up by 54,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 5.5%, to a 13-week high of 1.032 million b/d, equivalent to 43.34 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending October 8. Production was 10.1% above the same week last year, which was affected by the pandemic, and 6.3% above the same week in 2019. The four-week average ethanol production volume increased 2.6% to 962,000 b/d, equivalent to an annualized ra...
Tags: Indonesia, EIA, Ethanol, RFA, Midwest, Renewable Fuels Association, Fuels, bg Ethanol, Gulf Coast PADD


RFA reminds President Biden ethanol benefits and promises

In Washington, in response to media reports that the White House has been meeting with oil industry officials to discuss solutions to recent higher gas prices, the Renewable Fuels Association has reminded President Biden that efforts to encourage more use of high-carbon fossil fuels, including imported oil, to stem higher gasoline prices are “clearly antithetical to your administration’s objectives regarding clean energy development, climate change resilience, domestic job creation, and energy s...
Tags: Congress, Washington, White House, Policy, Biden, RFA, Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association, FFV, Geoff Cooper


RFA says August ethanol exports jumped 56% on the month to nearly 80.5M gallons

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association says U.S. ethanol exports in August saw substantial improvement from the prior month’s slump, expanding 56% to 80.48 million gallons (mg). Canada was the top destination for the fifth straight month with imports of 33.9 mg, the largest volume since March (representing 42% of the August U.S. ethanol export market). Given that former key destinations Brazil, China, and India were again nearly absent from the market, the scope of U.S. ethanol exports e...
Tags: South Korea, Washington, Mexico, India, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Peru, Ethanol, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Brazil China, Fuels


“Leaked” 2020-2022 RVO figures reported in the press said to be a “spoof”

In Washington, DTN reports that a fictious email is being sent around pretending to come from the Renewable Fuels Association alleging potential RVO numbers for 2020 through 2022 ahead of their possible publication on Friday, which the association calls a “spoof”. Those numbers, including a revision down of 2020 blending, was reported by news agencies including Reuters and Bloomberg, news of which later pushed down D6 RIN prices and corn futures in response. The Environmental Protection Agency i...
Tags: Washington, Bloomberg, Environmental Protection Agency, RFA, Reuters, Renewable Fuels Association, DTN, Fuels, Rvo


Ethanol production expands 2%, first build in 8 weeks

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production expanded by 18,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 2.0%, to 923,000 b/d, equivalent to 38.77 million gallons daily and the first build in eight weeks, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. However, production was 1.9% below the same week last year and 9.8% under the 2019 level. The four-week average ethanol production volume decreased by 1.7% to 933,000 b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 14.30 billion gallons (bg). Ethanol stoc...
Tags: Washington, EIA, Ethanol, RFA, Rocky Mountains, Fuels, bg Ethanol


RFA, Growth Energy, NCGA statement on RVP rehearing petition denial

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the National Corn Growers Association released the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied their petition for rehearing regarding the recent American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA decision, in which the court vacated a 2019 regulation allowing year-round sales of a fifteen percent ethanol fuel blend (E15). “Our petition for rehearing was an opportunity for the D.C. Circuit to ...
Tags: Washington, Epa, E15, RFA, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, D C Circuit, American Fuel Petrochemical Manufacturers, Reid Vapor Pressure, NCGA, D C Circuit Court of Appeals, Fuels, RFA Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association Growth Energy, RFA Growth Energy NCGA


U.S. ethanol exports receded in July, while distillers grains exports strengthened

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that U.S. ethanol exports slumped 37% in July to 51.6 million gallons (mg), the lowest level since October 2013, as former key destinations Brazil, China and India were nearly absent from the market. For the fourth straight month, Canada was the top destination, taking 29.2 mg, down 13% from June. Shipments to South Korea, a top-five customer since February, were 5.3 mg, down 67%. Other leading markets included the Netherlands (4.0 mg,...
Tags: South Korea, Indonesia, Washington, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Turkey, Colombia, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Finland, Vietnam


RFA says low RVO would “cripple” ethanol industry

In Illinois, Brownfield Ag News reports that the Renewable Fuels Association fears cutting the blending mandate for 2021 as proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency could “cripple” the ethanol industry. Ethanol production is currently 3.5 billion gallons below where it could be if it was running at full capacity, meaning that ethanol is more expensive to produce and could become more so if the renewable volume obligation is set even lower than current demand requires.
Tags: Policy, Illinois, Environmental Protection Agency, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Rvo, Illinois Brownfield Ag News


RFA welcomes ‘Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021’ that addresses ethanol regulatory impediments

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association thanked Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors for introducing the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021. The bill establishes a high-octane, low-carbon fuel standard that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, encourage competition, and lower pump prices. In addition, the legislation addresses regulatory impediments that have slowed the commercialization of these fuels and the vehicles tha...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Epa, Biden, Ethanol, Department Of Energy, RFA, Cooper, Reid, Renewable Fuels Association, Jason Smith, Emanuel Cleaver, Geoff Cooper, Bustos, James Comer R Ky, D C the Renewable Fuels Association


RFA tells EPA GHG emissions standard hearing about role ethanol can play

In Washington, in a hearing Wednesday on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for 2023-2026 light-duty vehicles, the Renewable Fuels Association is spotlighting the role high-octane, low-carbon fuels like ethanol can and must play in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing GHG emissions. “If our nation is to reach its goal of net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century, we’ll need both cleaner, more efficient cars and cleaner, more efficient fuels,” RF...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Epa, RFA, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper


RFA calls on President Biden to boost biofuels use to fight rising gas prices

In Washington, in response to last week’s announcement by the White House calling on OPEC+ member countries to increase oil output, the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to President Biden supporting the Administration’s call for an investigation into the true causes of recent higher gas prices. The letter also underscored that the solution to higher pump prices is not more oil from OPEC+, but rather increased production and use of home-grown fuels such as ethanol. In the letter, RFA enc...
Tags: Congress, Washington, White House, Opec, Biden, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Fuels, Biden Administration


Growth Energy, RFA and NCGA file petition for circuit court rehearing on E15

In Washington, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for rehearing with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the recent American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA decision, in which the court vacated a 2019 regulation allowing year-round sales of a fifteen percent ethanol fuel blend (E15). The petition asks the full court to rehear the case because of significant legal errors in the three-judge panel’s d...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, RFA, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, American Fuel Petrochemical Manufacturers, NCGA, D C Circuit Court of Appeals, Growth Energy RFA


RFA asks President Biden to choose U.S. ethanol over OPEC+ oil

In Washington, D.C., in response to this week’s announcement by the White House calling on OPEC+ member countries to increase oil output, the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to President Biden supporting the Administration’s call for an investigation into the true causes of recent higher gas prices. The letter also underscored that the solution to higher pump prices is not more oil from OPEC+, but rather increased production and use of home-grown fuels such as ethanol. “Rather than hop...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Russia, Opec, United States, Biden, Ethanol, RFS, RFA, Cooper, Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Fuels


Global sales of U.S. ethanol moderately recovered in June

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that American exports of ethanol bounced back by 16% in June to 81.9 million gallons. Nearly three-fourths of all U.S. ethanol exports were shipped to just three countries, with Brazil and China markedly absent from the list. Exports to Canada—the U.S.’s largest customer—jumped 23% to 33.5 mg. South Korea imported 15.9 mg (up 76%) and Peru imported a record 9.4 mg (a seven-fold increase from May). Other substantial markets included Mex...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, Washington, Mexico, France, China, India, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Brazil


President Biden signs Executive Order with new zero-emissions vehicles goals

In Washington, D.C., President Biden signed an Executive Order on Friday that sets an ambitious new target to make 50% of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, and also kicks off development of long-term fuel efficiency and emissions standards to save consumers money, cut pollution, boost public health, advance environmental justice, and tackle the climate crisis. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will announce how they are a...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Policy, Vehicles, Epa, Biden, RFA, Department Of Transportation, Usdot, Renewable Fuels Association, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Geoff Cooper, U S Department of Transportation USDOT, President Biden


RFA analysis shows court ruling against E15 could have strong negative impacts

In Washington, recent D.C. Circuit Court decision overturning EPA’s approval of year-round E15 sales could have a strongly negative impact on the rural economy and environment in the coming years unless action is taken to allow unimpeded sales of E15 all year long, the Renewable Fuels Association reported in a new analysis. According to the white paper, if the court decision is allowed to stand and no other action is taken to facilitate continued year-round sales of E15 in conventional gasoline ...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Epa, E15, RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, D C Circuit Court