Trump’s pledge in Iowa heats up biofuels fight

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

 Trump promised during a trip to Iowa last week that he would personally talk to the EPA about dozens of Renewable Fuel Standard exemption waivers the agency is considering from small oil refiners. Now, both sides of the RFS fight are again ramping up pressure on the president.

The National Biodiesel Board on Monday launched a six-state, two-week radio ad campaign calling on farmers and biofuels producers in those Midwestern states to hold Trump to his pledge to talk to the EPA and to urge him to reject the waivers.

Oil refiners, on the other hand, are calling on Trump to close loopholes in the RFS instead. “[W]e ask that you resist efforts to harm the critical energy infrastructure you have fought so hard to protect during your Presidency under the false premise that doing so will help farmers,” 16 CEOs of small refineries wrote Trump in a letter Monday.