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Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

This news story was published on October 4, 2019.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 domestic ethanol and biodiesel production, supporting our Nation’s farmers and providing greater energy security,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s agreement is the latest in a series of steps we have taken to expand domestic energy production and improve the RFS program that will result in sustained biofuel production to help American farmers.”

“President Trump has once again demonstrated that he is a champion for our nation’s farmers and rural America,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “The President recognizes that American farmers are the most productive in the world, and he has found a way to pursue policy that promotes economic growth and supports our producers. Building on the success of the year-round E15 rule, this forward-looking agreement makes improvements to the RFS program that will better harness the production of our farmers and ensure America remains energy dominant.”

Under this agreement, the following actions will be undertaken by EPA and USDA:

  • In a forthcoming supplemental notice building off the recently proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Standards and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021, EPA will propose and request public comment on expanding biofuel requirements beginning in 2020.
    • EPA will seek comment on actions to ensure that more than 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply beginning in 2020, and that the volume obligation for biomass-based diesel is met. This will include accounting for relief expected to be provided for small refineries.
    • EPA intends to take final action on this front later this year.
    • In the most recent compliance year, EPA granted 31 small refinery exemptions.
  • Building on the President’s earlier decision to allow year-round sales of E15, EPA will initiate a rulemaking process to streamline labeling and remove other barriers to the sale of E15.
  • EPA will continue to evaluate options for RIN market transparency and reform.
  • USDA will seek opportunities through the budget process to consider infrastructure projects to facilitate higher biofuel blends.
  • The Administration will continue to work to address ethanol and biodiesel trade issues.

Since taking office in 2017, the Trump Administration has enacted tax and regulatory policies that have helped make America energy dominant.  The Administration has cut burdensome red tape through deregulation, including signing a record number of Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation, repealing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, reforming the Section 401 process under the Clean Water Act, proposing a new methane rule, and removing the U.S. from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.  The Administration has also expedited permitting approvals, has opened up federal land for development, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and will continue to enact pro-growth energy policies to expand American energy dominance.

Joni Ernst

“This is great news for Iowa and rural America. President Trump is following through on his commitment to our nation’s hardworking farmers and biofuels producers. The RFS is essential to the livelihoods of folks across our state, which is why I’ve been fighting tirelessly on behalf of Iowa’s farmers and producers every step of the way and making Iowans’ voices heard throughout this process,” said Senator Joni Ernst (IA). “Our message was clear: uphold the RFS—15 billion means 15 billion. The president heard that message and has acted on it. The steps outlined today by the administration will help increase demand for our biofuels, provide certainty for farmers and producers for years to come, and ensure that EPA is implementing the RFS as it was written.”


“President Trump listened to the concerns of farmers and biofuels producers and delivered on their behalf… The solution outlined by President Trump, Administrator Wheeler and Secretary Perdue is exactly how the RFS is meant to function according to the law as written by Congress… Maintaining the integrity of the RFS, repealing WOTUS and allowing year-round sales of E15 will all help American agriculture and the rural economy. These are promises made and promises kept by President Trump,” said Senator Chuck Grassley (IA). “President Trump has made clear that he is an ally of corn and soybean farmers as well as ethanol and biodiesel producers. He is fighting for the farmer. This announcement is great news for Iowa, the Midwest and the entire country.”

Kim Reynolds

“A robust renewable fuel standard is critical to a healthy ag economy in Iowa and across the nation. We are grateful to President Trump for honoring the federal statute to blend 15 billion gallons of ethanol annually, and allowing existing E10 pumps to deliver E15 fuel, helping drive domestic demand for biofuels. By protecting the RFS, President Trump demonstrated his commitment to rural America and the American farmer.

“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the strong, united front from the renewable fuels industry as well as strong leadership from Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. The President clearly heard us when we said 15 billion gallons means 15 billion gallons, and this deal proves it.

“We will never stop fighting for the renewable fuels industry because of its central role in our economy and we appreciate President Trump’s willingness to listen and work with this industry. It is clear, this President remains committed to America’s farmers.”

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10 Responses to Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I pay extra for my gas so I don’t have to use E10 and will continue to do so. I don’t support this garbage at all.

  2. MAGA Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I’ve been burning E85 in my vehicle for a year and it works great.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Another win for Trump. He just keeps on winning!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Winning? Thirteen plants have closed. three permanently because the Administration’s actions, or lack thereof, many more lose their jobs? Hundreds of jobs. All this after months and months of losses and red ink at plants all over the country.

      This has caused POET alone reduced production at half of it’s plants, including Hanlontown. One of the most innovative farmer-owned small plants located in Winnebago had to cease production.

      ADM is spinning off it’s ethanol business, and looking to sell it’s production because of the Administration’s waivers.

      All this because he let oil companies obtain waivers from blending ethanol and other bio-fuels.

      And of course, producers and marketers have been losing income because of a Sino-U.S. trade war instigated by the Administration. Grains prices are at such lows, and surpluses so high, there is no where to profitably sell it.

      All this has been reported for over a year and a half by Orion Samuelson of WGN radio in Chicago.

      And you call that winning? You call that helping the local producers and those working in, and supporting the bio-fuels industry?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

        What, and you are bitching? He is just doing his part in saving our water. It takes 20 gallons of water to make one gallon of that poison. Trump is trying to save the planet and you are crying wolf. What a P.O.S.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm


          • Anonymous

            October 7, 2019 at 6:23 am

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          • Anonymous

            October 7, 2019 at 7:08 am

            yeah quit lieeing

          • Anonymous

            October 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

            You didn’t present any facts. Just propaganda.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

          We want facts, not liees.