Bipartisan Senator coalition demand Trump reject RFS waivers

May 11, 2020 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a relentless advocate for Iowa’s biofuels community, is leading a bipartisan effort with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in urging the Trump Administration to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reject requests for the RFS to be waived.

In a bipartisan letter to the president, Ernst and her colleagues explain the importance of upholding the RFS, especially during COVID-19 which has already caused harm to the biofuels community, and the detrimental impacts a waiver would have on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment.

In a letter to President Trump, Ernst and her colleagues write, “Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S. economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America’s renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA’s drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.”

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