Senators Object to Lower 2018 U.S. Renewable Fuel Requirements
(Reuters) A group of 38 U.S. senators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to abandon plans to lower biofuel requirements for oil refiners in 2018, according to a letter made public by the office of Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
The senators, including Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said in the letter that the EPA should restructure its proposal for the 2018 version of a rule that each year requires producers of oil-based fuels to include renewable fuels such as ethanol in their products. They said the agency should increase the amount of biofuels that must be included in the products. READ MORE Download letter
Biodiesel Industry Woes Mount on Heels of Latest EPA Announcement (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)
EPA Proposes Further Cuts in Biofuels Under RFS (Energy.AgWired.com)
Pruitt undermining Trump on renewable fuels (The Courier)
Renewable fuels industry expressing concern with EPA administrator (Macomb News Now; includes AUDIO)
Pruitt’s position on RFS concerns industry official (FarmWeekNow.com; includes AUDIO)
MAIL CALL! CONSERVATIVES URGE TRUMP TO IMPLEMENT RFS REFORMS: (Politico’s Morning Energy)
ASA asks Trump to raise biodiesel volumes (Farm Futures)
Senators again urge EPA to abandon effort to undermine biodiesel (Biodiesel Magazine)
Biodiesel Industry Mobilizes to Respond to Proposed RFS Cuts (Biodiesel Magazine)
Excerpt from Politico’s Morning Energy: A group of conservative organizations are out with a letter today urging Trump to revamp the Renewable Fuel Standard by moving its point of obligation, which they describe as a “mandate [that] hinders economic growth and stifles innovation” particularly among smaller companies. “Moving the ‘point of obligation’ would level the playing field between large oil companies and independent refiners as well as reduce the unfair advantage that the mandate gives large gas station chains over small mom-and-pop gas stations,” wrote the groups, including Tea Party Nation and Institute for Liberty. Of course, shifting that obligation to comply with the program had been a major goal of Carl Icahn, the Trump adviser and refinery owner who resigned his unpaid White House position in August amid concerns he was using his influence to help one of his companies.
Lawmakers write letter of their own: Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, as well as 12 House members, sent a letter Trump urging him to revamp the RIN credit program which they said is “undermining the continued viability” of Northeast oil refiners. “We are concerned that current compliance costs and the volatile RIN market may lead to the closure of one or more these merchant refineries, which would have a devastating impact on the regional economy,” they wrote. READ MORE