Corn, oil decry RFS proposl

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

EPA’s proposed supplemental blending rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard released Tuesday would increase the burden on large refiners without raising the overall mandate to add biofuels to the nation’s fuel supply, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. The proposal sparked an outcry from biofuels groups that worry that EPA’s approach is not enough to live up to Trump’s promises, as well as an oil industry that sees the proposal as fundamentally unfair.

President Donald Tump said last week that ethanol producers can expect a requirement of “16 billion” gallons, or 1 billion gallons more than the requirements EPA proposed in July. But the proposed rule released Tuesday does not adjust the overall volume beyond its statutory cap. “Unfortunately, only 11 days after President Trump’s landmark announcement , the EPA proposal reneges on the core principal of the deal,” said Monte Shaw, CEO of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, in a statement.

Quotes so nice they used them twice: All the quotes from Tuesday’s press release announcing the text of the proposed rule were copied and pasted from the Oct. 4 announcement of the biofuels package. The problem? The people quoted in the first statement weren’t so happy about the new proposal. Sen. Chuck Grassley , who EPA quoted calling the proposed rule “great news,” said in a statement Tuesday, “President Trump brokered this deal and any attempt to undermine it from EPA would represent a betrayal of the president. I expect EPA would not do that after all the work that’s gone into this issue.” Ethanol producers trade association Growth Energy previously called EPA’s rule “a victory,” but it reversed course to call the new proposal “unconscionable” in a separate release Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the group said the “inclusion of an outdated quote … is very misleading.”

EPA spokesman Michael Abboud explained the quote reuse by saying, “Today’s announcement is the proposed text from our announced agreement on October 4th.”