Episcopal Women’s History Project conference focuses on women of color

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Montes, right, a consultant with the Episcopal Church Foundation, takes a selfie with the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation, center, and Denise Treviño-Gomez, missioner for intercultural development in the Diocese of Texas, during the Episcopal Women’s History Project conference underway at the Maritime Center in Maryland. Photo: Sandra T. Montes via Facebook[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Rt. Rev. Jennifer L. Baskerville-Burrows was deep into her sermon, rhythmically invoking the names of a great cloud of witnesses whose presence was deeply felt by those who gathered near Baltimore this week for the Episcopal Women’s History Project conference.“You know them, women like Pauli Murray; say her name! Verna Dozier; say her name! Margaret Bush, first black woman to serve in the House of Deputies; say her name,” said Baskerville-Burrows, the newly-elected bishop of Indianapolis and the first black female bishop diocesan elected in the Episcopal Church. “Shout them out! Who else? Say her name! The Rev. Carmen Guererro; say her name! Shout out these names to our children, so they know who they are.”The June 12-15 conference, the first in the group’s history to focus on women of color, brought together lay and ordained women from across the country. Araceli Ma, who works with the Latino ministries in the Diocese of Washington, said she came to ensure a Latino presence at the conference and to show her two daughters, ages 13 and 10, the opportunities open to them.During their time together, the women shared stories of their own hopes and challenges, often finding an overwhelming sense of connection in their particular experiences.“My story is our story,” Baskerville-Burrows said during her June 12 homily.The Rev. Matilda Dunn, president of the History Project, said planning for this year’s conference began about two years ago. The project had been collecting oral histories and stories from women throughout the Episcopal Church, from the famous to the faithful parishioners and altar guild members who often form the backbone of a parish.“We need to honor them because they’re also doing the work of the church,” she said. “It’s important to me because the history has to be kept for all of us, men and women.”Yet, Dunn and others felt a need to set aside some time for women of color to honor and celebrate their collective history. Working with the Rev. Nan Peete, they secured Baskerville-Burrows as homilist and the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, newly-appointed dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, as the keynote speaker. The conference opened Monday, the 87th birthday of the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion.On the morning of June 13, Douglas urged those attending the conference to speak the truth about their experiences and how their lives have shaped their view of the world.“We have to tell the truth about who we are. This country does not like to tell the truth about itself,” she said. “Now, if the Episcopal Church tells the truth about itself, what it is. It will be telling the truth about this nation.”During her address, she cited recent census statistics to offer a glimpse of the struggles and challenges faced by many women and in particular women of color. About 25 percent of all black and Hispanic women live poverty, with the figure reaching 28 percent for Native American women. Consequently, children also suffer. Poverty rates range from 13 percent of Asian children to 36 percent of African-American children, said Douglas.Criminal justice figures are equally grim with incarceration rates for black and Hispanic women far exceeding population rates.“Given these facts, what does all of this mean to us who are gathered here?” said Douglas. “We are called to show forth what it means to be church. We are called to remember [Jesus] by acting and doing as he would in the world.”For Douglas, Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman as told in Gospel of John, was a perfect example of how one crosses social barriers, lays aside social privilege and finds true and authentic communion. She reminded them that even though their lives have brought them inside the world of the Episcopal Church, they often remain outsiders with a unique perspective. She also urged them to find common ground with the women who were not in the conference center, where dessert trays and coffee urns filled the tables outside the air-conditioned meeting room.“The Samaritan women of our day are the women who look like us,” she said. “It is to these women that we must be accountable.”During a question-and-answer session following the keynote address, Grecia Adriana Rivas, who lives near San Diego, California, spoke of the fear and anxiety rampant in the immigrant and undocumented communities in recent months. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are seen patrolling the county fair, or keeping an eye on churches, she said.“I was so mad,” she said. “We can’t even have fun anymore. We can’t even practice our faith anymore.”Douglas responded with a repeated call for solidarity.“We need to show up when it’s our cause and when it’s not our cause because it is our cause,” she said. “We need to be there for each other.”Throughout the conference, the women spent time questioning the meaning of diversity, the practical aspects of being a welcoming church, and the cultural histories each brings to the church. During worship, when they were invited to pray the Lord’s Prayer in the language of their hearts, the familiar words might be heard in English, Spanish or Navajo.The Rev. Cornelia Eaton, a deacon who serves in the Diocese of Navajoland, mentioned the painful story of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where in the 1860s the U. S. government forcibly moved thousands of Navajo off their land to live in miserable conditions on the Bosque Redondo. The relocation effort failed and after a few years, the Navajo were returned to their homes. But, the story lives on and the fort and its environs are remembered as “the place of suffering,” said Eaton.“We are all weavers of many cultures and traditions,” she said. “I became a weaver of the Christian tradition and the Navajo tradition.”Some of the stories shared involved quirky encounters that resonated with those in attendance and brought laughter to the room. Sandra Montes, who is Afro-Peruvian and is from the Diocese of Texas, recounted a time when she and her mother were shopping for greeting cards in Boston, Massachusetts. Montes said that as they were laughing and reading the cards, two older white women walked up to them and said: “’The Mexican cards are over there.’” Montes said she and her mother looked at the women and replied: ‘”But we’re Peruvian.’”The Rev. Yein Esther Kim, ordained in 2014 from the Episcopal Divinity School and now serving in the Diocese of Los Angeles, shared that “showing up” can take on a particular nuance for a woman of color.“When they feel [an event] is not diverse enough, or multicultural enough, they’ll invite me, as if I could bring them just a little diversity,” said Kim, who is Korean-American. “So, I go, because nothing will happen if I don’t show up.”Indeed, the value of showing up, of being seen and bringing their voice to the cultural conversation, whether in marches, on social media, or in the life of the Episcopal Church was not lost on the women.”God is faithful—so let us be as well,” Baskerville-Burrows said during her opening homily. “Women of color will not be erased. We will not be made to be invisible. Let us learn to see as Jesus sees. For God says to us all, not the least to women of color in the church, “I see YOU”.— The Rev. M. Dion Thompson is a priest in the Diocese of Maryland. 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Macronutrient and carbon supply, uptake and cycling acrossthe Antarctic Peninsula shelf during summer

first_imgThe West Antarctic Peninsula shelf is a region of high seasonal primary production which supports a large and productive food web, where macronutrients and inorganic carbon are sourced primarily from intrusions of warm saline Circumpolar Deep Water. We examined the cross-shelf modification of this water mass during mid-summer 2015 to understand the supply of nutrients and carbon to the productive surface ocean, and their subsequent uptake and cycling. We show that nitrate, phosphate, silicic acid and inorganic carbon are progressively enriched in subsurface waters across the shelf, contrary to cross-shelf reductions in heat, salinity and density. We use nutrient stoichiometric and isotopic approaches to invoke remineralization of organic matter, including nitrification below the euphotic surface layer, and dissolution of biogenic silica in deeper waters and potentially shelf sediment porewaters, as the primary drivers of cross-shelf enrichments. Regenerated nitrate and phosphate account for a significant proportion of the total pools of these nutrients in the upper ocean, with implications for the seasonal carbon sink. Understanding nutrient and carbon dynamics in this region now will inform predictions of future biogeochemical changes in the context of substantial variability and ongoing changes in the physical environment.last_img read more

Lacey Museum Hosts “A Midsummer’s Ice Cream” Event

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyAs part of the first annual Lacey Days celebration, officials at Lacey’s history museum are offering free ice cream to the first 100 visitors on Friday, July 10th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.“Lacey Days is all about reconnecting with friends and neighbors and a big part of that is learning about who we are and where we come from,” said Museum Curator Erin Quinn Valcho. “A visit to the Lacey Museum is a wonderful, free way to discover Lacey’s surprising past and learn something about the community we call home.”The city’s Historical Commission is organizing the educational evening – called “A Midsummer’s Ice Cream” – which will provide free ice cream with toppings donated by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Event highlights include oral presentations about the city’s rich and diverse history by volunteers in period costumes, Michaels is sponsoring free craft and coloring activities for kids, the Lacey Fire Department is bringing its antique 1945 Seagraves fire engine, and a barber shop quartet will be performing to entertain visitors.The museum is located within the Lacey Historical Neighborhood at 829 Lacey Street SE, and is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment by calling (360) 438-0209. Lacey Days is a two-week event from June 27th through July 12th that features community events and activities. For more information, please visit www.laceydays.org. Facebook309Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

78-year-old Pedestrian Struck on Broad Street in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Police, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and the Crossroads initiative are all conducting an investigation into how a 78 year-old borough woman carrying groceries was struck and critically injured by a van at the southern end of Broad Street at the Pinckney Road intersection, in the vicinity of the Super Foodtown supermarket late Tuesday morning.The victim, who has not been identified, was taken by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, according to Capt. Thomas McDonough, with the borough police. Police Chief Darren McConnell said on Wednesday authorities have not released the victim’s name, pending family notification. Charles Webster, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, said the victim is listed in critical condition “with life threatening injuries.” As of Wednesday afternoon the victim’s condition remained unchanged, McConnell said.“This lady, from all indications, was in the right,” walking in a designated crosswalk at the time of the collision, said McConnell. Moving vehicles are required to stop when pedestrians are in a crosswalk.This is the third incident since April where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. But in the other two cases, police determined the pedestrians were in the wrong, crossing against the traffic signal or stepping out from between parked cars. In these cases drivers weren’t issued summons but one pedestrian was.The Crossroads team initiative, lead by The Two River Times, will hold an emergency meeting this month to discuss what advances have been made in studying specific intersections in Red Bank already under review and will add this intersection to the project, said Jody Calendar, executive editor/co-publisher.“Obviously, the group has to be briefed about the status of the county study of the intersections of Broad and Front Street as well as Broad and Monmouth,” she said. “But it’s clear this intersection must be added, as well as looking at the just as busy thoroughfare, Shrewsbury Avenue.”Chief McConnell and his department have stepped up enforcement, with additional officers assigned to monitor traffic as staffing permits, as they traditionally do this time of year and in cooperation with the Crossroads initiative. “We’re still finding a good number of violations,” mostly by drivers, he said.The leading violations police are issuing involve using handheld cellphones while driving. “There’s definitely a large uptick,” in those summons, McConnell said, making no apologies for that increase. “The only way to get compliance is with enforcement,” he said, but acknowledging compliance is often slow in coming, recalling when seat belts became mandatory.Calendar applauded the increased enforcement but said, “Solutions have to be found. We have lights at Broad and Front that tell both motorists and pedestrians to proceed simultaneously. In this case, there isn’t a light and the intersection has been deemed dangerous by motorists and pedestrians alike.”That busy and congested intersection, where County Route 520 and Broad Street and Maple Avenue/State Highway 35 all converge, has long been problematic, noted Mayor Pasquale Menna. “It is really, really difficult,” he said. And given that, “I really think the time has come for the review of the entire configuration,” of the traffic pattern in the area, mayor added.Menna suggested that the southern most portion of Broad, south of Wikoff Place, in the area of Foodtown, to the Broad Street/Newman Springs Road intersection might function better as a one-way with traffic only allowed to travel south. Such a reconfiguration of the roadway would need county government approval, however, as Broad and Pinckney are both county roadways in that area (extensions of Route 520), Menna pointed out.County spokesperson Laura Kirkpatrick declined to comment on Menna’s suggestion until authorities complete their investigation and Menna approaches the freeholders with his recommendation. An impediment to making any changes to the location would be possible objections raised by the owners of the supermarket, the Azzolina/Scaduto families, who have raised concerns in the past to any changes, Menna said.In response to those possible future objections Menna said, “That is really not a cogent argument when it comes to safety, especially when it comes to people who live in that neighborhood who walk.” Philip Scaduto, president of Food Circus Supermarkets, which owns the local Foodtown, took exception with the mayor’s assertions. “I don’t believe that to be accurate at all,” Scaduto said. “I don’t believe we’ve had any dialogue on that at all.”Scaduto also stressed his company has had a good relationship with borough officials and when any proposal is presented “We’ll sit down and talk about it.” To his knowledge Scaduto said he wasn’t “aware of any issues or complaints by anybody,” about traffic in the area of his store.Chief McConnell said, “That’s a problem intersection, a busy intersection,” and one where there have been other incidents of vehicles hitting pedestrians “to varying degrees of severity.” If county and borough officials are intent on looking for improvements in that area. “A traffic signal is a thought there,” he suggested. It would be relatively close to another signal a short distance south but that has been done elsewhere such as at the Maple Avenue/White Street/Water Street intersection. And “That, I think, would dramatically improve pedestrian safety at that intersection,” on Broad Street, McConnell said.Menna said there hasn’t been any further discussions or steps taken on pedestrian/traffic safety that have been raised with The Two River Times’ initiative Crossroads, intended to facilitate improvements in public safety.The county engineers’ study to look at improvements at two traffic signaled intersections is in the works, according to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick Police have been less aggressive citing pedestrians, using warnings for jaywalking and other offenses, McConnell said.According to Webster, Michael Phillips, 42, Brick Township, was driving a 2012 Ford Econoline van, traveling west on Pinckney Road. Phillips was attempting to turn south on Broad Street, striking the woman. The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m., Tuesday, according to McDonough. The Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Team responded to the scene. Authorities are asking anyone with any information to contact Det. Eric Kerecman, with the prosecutor’s office, at 1-800-533-7443; or Red Bank Police Patrolman Thomas Doremus, at 732-530-2700.By John BurtonEditor’s Note: The Two River Times Crossroads initiative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in Red Bank and the surrounding Two River Area is a consortium of the newspaper, government officials from Red Bank, Monmouth County and the state, as well as stake holders including Meridian’s Riverview Hospital and Newport Media Holding, LLC.last_img read more

Red Bank Mom Demands Action on Guns

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Brett Sabo wanted to make one thing clear when she sat down to talk about her involvement with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.“We’re not against the Second Amendment,” she stressed, explaining the group doesn’t oppose legal gun ownership.“What we would like to see,” she continued, is universal background checks and the closing of some existing legal loopholes that allows gun purchasers to circumvent that requirement, as well as preventing those on the federal terrorist watch list and no-fly list from being able to readily access firearms.“It’s really just too easy for dangerous people to get them (guns),” she said.Sabo, a former English and theater teacher, lives in Red Bank with her husband, James, and 10-year-old son Evan. She and Evan attended the candlelight vigil borough officials held on June 15 in response to the Orlando shooting that resulted in 49 gun deaths and about another 50 wounded, presenting Mayor Pasquale Menna with a T-shirt for Sabo’s organization.She used to teach in Harlem, New York, and her husband retired from teaching in the Bronx.But it was the San Bernardino, California, terrorist mass shooting where 14 people were killed and 22 others seriously wounded last December, when she decided she had to do something.“I remember watching the news coverage,” of that horrific event, after so many other similar horrific events, she noted, remembering hearing a parent, Richard Martinez, speak about his child, one of the victims. “I remember feeling very lucky,” that no friend or family member had been involved in one of these terrible incidents. “But I thought it was only a matter of time before someone I knew would be affected.“And I wanted to get involved.”And that led her to join the national Moms Demand Action group, where she now serves as campaign lead for the New Jersey chapter.Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now counts about 3.5 million members across the country, with more than 1,000 in New Jersey. “There is strength in numbers,” she said.Stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts founded the group in the immediate aftermath of the ghastly December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, in Newtown, Connecticut.The group used as a model Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), organizing grassroots efforts to effect political change from government, educational institutions and businesses to bring about what they call common sense gun reforms. Since 2013 the organization joined forces with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that benefited from Bloomberg’s media reach and financial support.What deeply affected Sabo after the Sandy Hook shooting was, “If kids weren’t safe in their classrooms,” she explained, “they weren’t safe anywhere.”There is a new normal that has affected her personally. Recently a parent invited Sabo’s son to her home to play with her child. That prompted Sabo to ask as a precaution if there were guns in the home and if they were secure. “It’s always in my thoughts now,” she said.Currently about 90 Americans a day are killed by guns, she said.As a local representative for the organization Sabo testified before the state Legislature in Trenton in support of a bill that would have toughened the law requiring those convicted of domestic violence to relinquish any guns they own, which was a moment of pride for her, voicing the organization’s point of view.After watching the U.S. Senate’s vote this week on four gun measures in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, with none passing, she said, “We were disappointed but not surprised.”But there is something positive to take away from it. It took Congress four months to take any action. Now it took four days, progress of a sort, she said.Besides, “It really told us where our senators stand,” Sabo noted, “and tells us what we need to do come November.”last_img read more

Blackpool seal instant return to League One with play-off win over Exeter City

first_img Mark Cullen celebrates scoring the winning goal Brad Potts and Mark Cullen fired Blackpool to the unlikeliest of promotions as they beat Exeter 2-1 at Wembley.The troubled Seasiders have played all season to a backdrop of supporter boycotts and protests against the club’s owners.They only secured their place in the League Two play-offs by winning the final-day scramble for seventh place, and then needed a stoppage-time own-goal to beat Luton 6-5 on aggregate in the semi-finals.Most of their disgruntled fans, who want rid of owners the Oyston family, stayed away from the national stadium – Blackpool sold around 5,000 tickets compared to the 37,000 who saw them secure promotion to the Premier League only seven years ago.Yet the 5,000 were celebrating as goals from Potts and Cullen sealed their return to League One after just one season in the basement division.It was tough on Exeter, who battled hard and had a memorable Wembley goal, scored by David Wheeler, to show for their efforts.But they could not replicate their efforts of their rugby union counterparts – the Exeter Chiefs won the Aviva Premiership final down the road at Twickenham on Saturday – as Blackpool lifted the trophy.A half-empty Wembley provided a surreal atmosphere, but one Blackpool’s players are used to with thousands of fans having refused to attend their home games all season.And those supporters who were in attendance saw their side take the lead with a shade over two minutes on the clock.Cullen held up a long ball from the back before laying it off to the onrushing Potts, who drove first time past Grecians goalkeeper Christy Pym from the edge of the area. Exeter almost hit back in 10th minute when Wheeler teed up Ollie Watkins 10 yards out but the striker, the EFL young player of the year, was denied by a superb save from Sam Slocombe.Blackpool, already without injured captain Andy Taylor, lost their stand-in skipper Tom Aldred when he limped off after half an hour.And five minutes before half-time Exeter hauled themselves level with an exquisite goal from Wheeler, who took one sublime touch to control a 60-yard pass from Craig Woodman before hooking the ball over Slocombe and into the net.Blackpool got their noses back in front in the 65th minute when Potts raced onto a cute back-header from Kyle Vassell.Potts prodded the ball goalwards and, although Pym got a touch, it fell perfectly for Cullen to slide in and guide over the line.Exeter attempted to hit back again but substitute Reuben Reid fired wide and Watkins headed over in stoppage time as Blackpool held out for victory. 1last_img read more

Red Bluff High girls tennis hosts Orland for section overall title Tuesday

first_imgRed Bluff represented the section at NorCals last year. Six singles matches will commence Tuesday, with three doubles to follow, if needed. Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff High girls’ tennis team already captured the large school Northern Section championship and a doubles title thanks to the play of Cleo DuFrain and Maggie Winning. Up next is the overall championship against the small school winner, Orland. Spartans coach Dennis Poulton said in a statement this week the match is set for Tuesday in Red Bluff beginning at 1:30 p.m. Although it could be moved to 2 p.m. depending on Orland’s schedule that day. At stake is the overall NSCIF title and a trip to the Northern California tournament as the lone representative on Nov. 17 at Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom.last_img

Takeaways: Sharks respond after closed-door meetings with coach and GM

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)MONTREAL — Whatever Sharks coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Doug Wilson said in closed-door meetings that lasted more than a half-hour Sunday morning must have resonated with the team.The Sharks (13-10-5) ended their five-game trip with a win in Montreal on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak and ending a string of six straight road losses. The win came on the heels of a blowout loss in Ottawa that …last_img

AFBF Foundation’s Feeding Minds Press publishes first book

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Feeding Minds Press announces the publication of its first book, “Right This Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming” by award-winning author Lisl H. Detlefsen. The book, stunningly illustrated by Renée Kurilla, explains to children how every minute of every day, someone, somewhere, is working to bring food to their table.“Right This Very Minute” is geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. The 32-page picture book follows children through an entire day of meals and snacks, with each one emphasizing how critical farmers and agriculture are to society.“We’re pleased to launch Feeding Minds Press with the publication of ‘Right This Very Minute,’” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “This book is the first of many titles from Feeding Minds Press that will bring modern agriculture to life for young readers.”Hardcover copies of “Right This Very Minute” may be ordered online at https://www.dmsfulfillment.com/FarmBureau/DMSStore/Product/ProductDetail/26233 for $17.99 each. Related materials include an educator’s guide (seven lessons that encourage students to dig deeper into thinking about where the food on their plates originated) and a Snacks Ag Mag.The Foundation presented its 12th “Book of the Year” award to Detlefsen for “Right This Very Minute” in January. The award springs from the Foundation’s efforts to identify “Accurate Ag Books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. The Accurate Ag Books database is available at: http://www.agfoundation.org/recommended-pubs.last_img read more

RFS waivers drawing ire of ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to a recent Reuters report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).The RFS exists to drive investment in American-grown biofuels. EPA, though, allows waivers exempting small refineries from the RFS and cuts demand for biofuels.“After more than a year of constant trade escalation, President Trump seems determined to destroy the United States’ reputation as a reliable supplier of quality agricultural products. At the same time, his EPA seems bent on destroying our domestic market for renewable fuels. Together, these actions are crippling our markets, creating enormous stress in the countryside, and forcing more and more farmers into bankruptcy,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “Our farmers are growing weary of the news from this White House. They’re tired of the empty promises, they’re tired of the excuses, and they’re tired of their needs being put last.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s exemptions.“Less than two months after vowing to always protect and defend American farmers, President Trump is bowing to oil industry pressure and allowing his EPA to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard program, force U.S. biodiesel producers out of business, and undermine the farm economy,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs. “EPA and administration personnel are well aware that the ongoing spree of big oil exemptions destroy demand for biodiesel and render the RFS program meaningless.”According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, virtually all of the demand destruction from small refinery waivers is falling on the biodiesel industry. As EPA continues to hand them out to every refiner that asks, the damage to the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry could reach $7.7 billion or 2.54 billion gallons, according to Irwin.A small refinery processing 75,000 barrels of oil per day can produce nearly 1 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel per year. The refinery’s annual RFS obligation would create demand for nearly 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel, which are the most widely available advanced biofuels. Dozens of biodiesel producers across the United States produce less than 20 million gallons each year.“Biodiesel producers are already shutting down facilities and laying off workers, due to loss of demand. The ongoing demand destruction will undercut the industry’s investments and choke off markets for surplus agricultural oils, adding to the economic hardship that farmers are facing,” Kovarik said. “The Trump administration’s action represents a fundamental betrayal of previous promises to farmers and the agricultural economy.”last_img read more