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President Trump under fire from refinery industry for backing farmers on RFS

President Trump under fire from refinery industry for backing farmers on RFS

June 7, 2018 |

In Washington, President Trump is feeling pushback from the main union representing oil refinery workers after taking the side of farmers and rejecting the generation of RINs from ethanol exports earlier this week. The union says that the president is putting thousands of refinery jobs along the East Coast and Northeast at risk in what […]

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Trump backs off of RFS reforms as farm states say “no way”

Trump backs off of RFS reforms as farm states say “no way”

June 6, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump has backed off his proposed reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard expected for this week following pressure from farm states like Iowa who saw RIN generation from ethanol exports as a way to collapse the farm economy. As a result of the pushback that sent Trump back to […]

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Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

May 24, 2018 |

In Washington, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to lower gas prices for American families ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One of the suggestions made to dampen rising gas prices […]

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Trump promises year-round E15

Trump promises year-round E15

April 12, 2018 |

In Washington, President Trump has already backtracked on his promise to let the Renewable Fuel Standard reform discussion quiet down for three months and has instead promised to move ahead with E15 year-round. The announcement came via tweet before going into a meeting with farm state Congressmen but he also indicated he would also be […]

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President Trump to take three-month hiatus from RFS negotiations

President Trump to take three-month hiatus from RFS negotiations

April 11, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump will leave the issue of the Renewable Fuel Standard alone for the next three months in an effort to calm farmers concerned about the impact reduced demand for ethanol would have on rural communities, compounded with expected negative repercussions resulting from the trade war with China. The administrator […]

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Five Senators demand Trump end hardship waivers for refiners

Five Senators demand Trump end hardship waivers for refiners

April 10, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that five Senators wrote a letter to President Trump calling for an end to hardship waivers for oil refiners that allow them to skirt around their ethanol blending or RIN compliance requirements until a more transparent process for their approval can be developed. They say the raft of waivers being issued […]

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Trump advisors urge him to leave RFS to Congress

Trump advisors urge him to leave RFS to Congress

March 29, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump’s advisors have urged him to allow Congress to resolve the impasse between oil and corn states and when between integrated oil refiners and merchant refiners when it comes to reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, only falling back on executive action if a resolution can’t be found. Texas Republican […]

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China fires back on Trump’s trade war with ethanol tariffs

China fires back on Trump’s trade war with ethanol tariffs

March 23, 2018 |

In China, the trade war has begun as China responded on Friday to Trump’s latest trade tariffs with a proposed list of U.S. products they plan on targeting as well. The list includes 128 U.S. products, including ethanol, wine, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, steel pipes and ginseng, according to a statement from China’s […]

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Secretary of Agriculture thinks Trump may back away from RFS reform

Secretary of Agriculture thinks Trump may back away from RFS reform

March 21, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Secretary of Agriculture believes President Trump may back away from trying to broker an agreement between oil and corn states on reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard and instead leave the difficult negotiations to lawmakers themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency administrator has sent a list of potential options to the […]

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Commerce Secretary says Trump Administration to keep using tariffs to protect biofuels

Commerce Secretary says Trump Administration to keep using tariffs to protect biofuels

March 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Commerce Secretary told a senate panel on infrastructure that the Trump Administration plans to keep using trade tools such as tariffs to protect its biofuels industry, such as the tariffs on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. He said protecting farmers and biofuel processors through tariffs has provided a big […]

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