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Singular Focus … Waiting for EPA
by Anthony Adragna (Politico's Morning Energy)
Oil companies, gas station operators and other organizers of the just-launched Main Street Energy Alliance wanted to speak with a single voice in the intensifying wonky debate over which types of companies should be responsible for complying with the federal ethanol mandate. Founders of the group, including oil majors Shell and BP as well as a broad swath of large marketers, were alarmed at the growing influence of billionaire Carl Icahn, who is advising Trump on regulations. Icahn wants EPA to spare independent oil refineries, including a company he owns, from the obligation of complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Several prominent groups, including the American Petroleum Institute and the pro-ethanol Fuels America, oppose the change Icahn seeks, but the Main Street Energy Alliance is the only single-issue organization focused on that specific policy. "It seems to me our side hadn't been getting its story out quite the way it should," a source familiar with the alliance told ME after its launch Wednesday. "I think that's exactly why we're doing this. We're hoping to get our story out in a little broader basis."
Waiting for EPA:
The Obama-era EPA proposed denying petitions to make the change to the point of obligation, but it punted a final decision to Trump's EPA chief Scott Pruitt. "We're all at a point now where we're waiting to see what the EPA is going to actually do on it," a refining industry source said. "A lot of those stakeholders just want to make sure that the Administration's ongoing careful consideration of the facts isn't overshadowed by one prominent voice." READ MORE