Governor hopeful about Renewable Fuel Standard after call from President

Governor hopeful about Renewable Fuel Standard after call from President

Governor hopeful about Renewable Fuel Standard after call from President

A member of the committee, Ernst said she found Wehrum's answers "pretty darn squishy" when she pressed him on support for renewable fuels.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., did not sign it but instead sent his own letter saying that while the agency has some waiver authority, it should strive to issue volume requirements "that respect the intent of Congress".

"Both of them (Trump and Pruitt) affirmed to me their continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard", Reynolds said.

"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. The White House needs to remind the EPA that undermining the RFS sends a awful signal to investors that America is not interested in leading the world in energy innovation". Grassley, one of the most senior lawmakers in the Senate, is a longtime promoter of renewable fuels.

"They need to follow through with what they told us when they were campaigning and what they promised when they said they would support the Renewable Fuels Standard", Reynolds said, "and we're not going to let up". All four GOP senators from Nebraska and Iowa attended a Tuesday meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said administration nominees to the EPA could be at stake.


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.

He added, however, that advocates will continue to press the issue until the administration publishes official rules. Shaw says Iowans are sending a message to Trump on future RFS standards.

"I take him at his word, I mean he reiterated that to me personally [Wednesday] morning, and he indicated that the last time he was in the state, I don't know, it's been probably three months ago, but...we're hopeful". "We urge you to support higher RVOs for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in the final rule to encourage additional development and use of this fuel".

Reynolds called her conversation with the president "constructive and productive".

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