WASHINGTON, D.C. — A report was issued today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “consistently ignored” direction from the Department of Energy (DOE) to restrict or reject economic waivers for oil refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In response to the news, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement:
“Administrator Pruitt just finished telling crowds of struggling farmers that the massive increase in EPA handouts wasn’t driven by his loyalty to a few wealthy refiners. But these companies aren’t small and they aren’t experiencing hardship – unlike farmers facing a five-year plunge in income. In fact, those waivers are at odds with everything we hear from the Department of Agriculture, President Trump, and now the Department of Energy.
“It’s easy to understand why voters in the heartland view EPA as failing President Trump’s promises to rural America. Waivers have taken billions out of the pockets of farmers, while EPA continues to demand more handouts in exchange for the freedom to sell E15 – even after President Trump called for a fix.
“It’s vital the White House take action now to reverse a drain on farm income that threatens the entire rural economy by immediately restoring the demand that has been lost and providing year-round market access for higher biofuel blends.”
On May 31, 21 members of the House, led by Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging her to protect U.S. farmers and biofuel producers and prioritize U.S. #ethanol export competitiveness in Brazil.https://t.co/Ugx88bA1KT https://t.co/bmf7EjdNxA
Protecting #IA04 farmers and #ethanol producers will always be a top priority for me in Congress. I appreciate working with my @WaysandMeansGOP colleague @RepLaHood to ensure American ethanol exports receive fair treatment and robust market access in Brazil. https://t.co/pX246NiqLn
.@NUVUFUELS: "In Michigan alone, the higher biofuel blend offers drivers more than $1 billion in fuel savings annually, reduces emissions, and supports the state’s rural economy." twitter.com/Lwl_First_Look…
Celebrated the nation's second #E15 standard with @RFNebraska's Dawn Caldwell and Traci Menke. Thank you for your work getting #LB562 signed into law. Nebraskan families will see savings at the pump this summer! cc: @LadyOfAg https://t.co/uPgLthktdZ