Governors Press Trump: Coalition Asks for Ethanol Policy Changes
In a letter signed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, chairman of the coalition; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to China; and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the coalition asks the new administration to support changes to a number of federal policies to help expand markets for ethanol and other biofuels.
Among the requests, the governors ask the Trump administration to change the fuel volatility limitations placed on E15 in current law.
The coalition includes governors from Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, Hawaii, Missouri, Tennessee, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Iowa and Kansas.
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should provide parity for E10 and higher ethanol blends," the governors' letter said.
"EPA's erroneous legal analysis that E15 -- although it is an even cleaner fuel than E10 -- does not qualify for the decades-old partial exemption of E10 from the Clean Air Act's fuel volatility limitations discriminates against higher blends of ethanol and demonstrates unnecessary red tape from Washington, D.C."
In addition, the governors call on the administration to update corn ethanol's lifecycle carbon emissions profile to reflect advances in ethanol production technology.
"The EPA has failed to update lifecycle carbon findings for a decade, thereby sanctioning the use of obsolete data," the governors said.
"This distorts the public's perception of biofuels' environmental benefits. Recent studies show that an effective way to reduce the carbon in gasoline is the widespread use of high-octane, lower-carbon gasoline blends."
What's more, the coalition said EPA should enforce the Renewable Fuel Standard as approved by Congress.