At long last, Bill Northey was confirmed today as a U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary. He was nominated by President Trump on Sept. 1, 2017. Growth Energy released the following statement in response and looks forward to working with Undersecretary Northey on ethanol and biofuel policy:
“We are thrilled Mr. Northey is approved; he will be a fantastic addition to the USDA. Having served as the Secretary of Agriculture for Iowa, Mr. Northey has first-hand knowledge and experience on how the integration of biofuels into both domestic and international fuel markets has positively impacted the farming economy in America.
“Thanks to outstanding work by Iowa Governor Reynolds and Senators Grassley, Fischer, Ernst, Stabenow, Thune, Klobuchar, and others, this confirmation ends a long and needless delay by critics of the RFS who sought to threaten the rural jobs that President Trump vowed to protect. Our hope is that this unanimous confirmation signals an end to misleading attacks on homegrown biofuels, and the start of a new conversation about serious policy efforts, like RVP relief, that would create jobs, reduce RIN costs, and protect consumer choice at the fuel pump.”
I am proud to support Illinois' leading biofuels industry. A strong #RFS is critical to our state's economy and supports our ag community. Grateful to @GrowthEnergy for awarding me with the Fueling Growth Award for being a biofuels champion. https://t.co/JwmecYNRun
Front page @DMRegister: @EPA exemptions shut down another Iowa #biofuel plant, “clock ticking” on White House fix https://t.co/O2jDR9dGLC https://t.co/ApioOD0zRd
Leaders at @EthanolRFA & @GrowthEnergy discuss new @USDA report outlining #corn demand destruction due to @EPA exemptions https://t.co/xpak4luD7q
MN's @SenTinaSmith says ethanol is a vital part of Minnesota's economy and that the Trump administration's record issuance of secret waivers to oil refineries continue to cause economic harm to rural communities. https://t.co/1APNbaYoHG https://t.co/OKrU7xOQoN