White House RFS Meeting Scheduled for Today04/09/2018
As Agri-Pulse reported last week, administration officials are expected to meet at the White House today to discuss the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sources tell us President Donald Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue are expected to be in attendance.
The meeting comes as public pressure on Pruitt continues to mount, including from the ag and biofuels sectors. Last week, Iowa ethanol plant operators sent a letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst asking the biofuels stalwarts to “protect the RFS from an insidious attack.”
“We urge you to call on President Trump to rein in his rogue EPA Administrator regarding the abusive granting of small refinery exemptions that typify Washington’s history of surreptitiously picking winners and losers,” the letter reads.
On Friday, the National Corn Growers Association tweeted at Pruitt, asking the administrator when he will “stop being in Big Oil’s back pocket?”
Biofuels groups remain concerned that the meeting could lead to a push for a “win-win” solution from the administration that might involve some kind of favor being done for the oil industry. Instead, they contend that the administration should stick with offering regulatory relief that would allow E15 to be sold year-round.
They argue that would increase the number of available Renewable Identification Numbers on the market, thus lowering the price of the credits used to measure RFS compliance.
In a statement, Grassley said Trump has “the opportunity to achieve a ‘win-win’ victory for refiners and biofuels workers by directing EPA to allow year-round E15.”