Ethanol battle takes over the airwaves

Source: By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019

The renewable fuel and oil industries are taking their fight over ethanol to television and the internet with dueling ad campaigns focused on gaining the attention of Trump.

The ads take opposing sides on the Trump Environmental Protection Agency’s refinery exemption program, which frees up oil companies from having to meet the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

The RFS requires that refiners blend billions of gallons of ethanol each, which the industry argues has placed increased costs on refineries.

The refinery ad warns that refineries could begin closing if Trump eliminates the refinery exemption program, because of the high costs imposed by the RFS.

The Fueling American Jobs Coalition, representing independent refiners, paid for the ads.

The National Biodiesel Board launched a counter ad campaign on Monday in Washington and Iowa, asking the president to stop the refinery exemption program.

Just one exemption granted to an oil company by EPA can close an entire biodiesel facility, the ad stated