Trump promises report on ethanol mandate soon

Source: By Eliza Collins, Politico • Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Donald Trump promised on Wednesday to share his views on the ethanol mandate within the next few weeks.

At a “Politics and Eggs” forum in New Hampshire, he was asked about his views on the ethanol mandate, which has been a boon to corn-growing states in the Midwest, including Iowa, and has been blamed for a transfer of wealth out of states such as New Hampshire.

Trump avoided directly answering the question, saying that people around the country feel differently and promised to give the questioner a copy of his report when it comes out.

While Trump sidestepped the question, those supportive of preserving the mandate believe he is firmly in their camp. Earlier this week, America’s Renewable Future, a coalition of companies, organizations and individuals pushing for 2016 candidates to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, gave Trump a “good rating” in its midterm report card.

A “good rating” is defined as the “candidate demonstrated consistent support for the RFS and Iowa farmers.”

He also told the audience that he would approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, which President Barack Obama last week formally rejected, in about two seconds. But the billionaire businessman had a caveat — he would want 25 percent of the profits.

Trump’s appearance at the forum Wednesday, fresh off the fourth GOP presidential debate, drew a sizable crowd, forcing the organizers to switch locations in the days leading up to the event.