Ernst: Trump, EPA taking steps in right direction on renewable fuels

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2017

"The administrator gave us assurances that he's going to continue his conversations with us and committed to working with us on a variety of issues that deal with the RFS", Fischer said after the meeting.

The report said the EPA was told to pull back on a possible reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas.

"The renewable fuels industry in our states-and others-is poised to grow if the EPA sends positive and consistent market signals through increases in the required volumes".

10/17/2017Four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America's Renewable Fuel Standard, urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the lawmakers wrote that the moves would threaten business plans and investments made after a final rule was issued in December 2016. While saying she appreciates the EPA's accessibility, Reynolds says she has "significant concerns" with the direction the agency is taking. A member of the committee, Ernst said she found Wehrum's answers "pretty darn squishy" when she pressed him on support for renewable fuels.

Governor Reynolds will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the EPA proposal on the biofuel industry.

"Both of them personally affirmed to me their continued commitment to the renewable fuel standard", she told reporters.

The duo hosted a press conference at Pella, Iowa's Two Rivers Cooperative alongside Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Grant Kimberley, Executive Director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Dennis Bogaards, a soybean and corn farmer in the Pella community. EPA Administrator Pruitt has made clear he is not interested in implementing the spirit of the RFS. "We continue to work with RFS stakeholders to ensure EPA is applying the statute in a meaningful way, as Congress intended".

"Anything that would undermine the RFS is a serious issue for Iowa and US agriculture at a time when the farm economy is already enduring a downturn".

"I had a very productive call with President Trump".

Sasse praised Pruitt for listening to concerns during Tuesday's meeting and explaining the pressures coming from various interests.

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