Trump set to duck tough ethanol decision till after election

Source: By Eric Wolff, Politico • Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020

The Trump administration appears set to punt on tough ethanol decisions until after the November election to avoid triggering a backlash from farmers or the petroleum sector, according to several people in the ethanol and oil industries who have been in contact with the White House and EPA. EPA faces a late-November deadline to decide the volume of ethanol the oil refining industry must blend into the nation’s gasoline and diesel supply, but EPA has yet to even issue its proposal, which is itself months overdue. That decision has been delayed because of the politically fraught battle over small oil refiners’ request for exemptions that corn farmers say would undercut the law that is designed to promote biofuels.