Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker

Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Proposes Biofuel Quota Plan to Offset Refinery Waivers

Truck dumps corn for biofuel A truck dumps corn inside Poet Biorefining in Jewell, Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg)

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes in the way it sets annual percentages spelling out how much renewable fuel refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel.

October 15, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump EPA Pledges Biofuel Boost to Calm Corn-State Criticism

Corn Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The Trump administration is taking action to boost U.S. demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, as the president seeks to temper criticism from farmers and Midwest politicians before next year’s election.

October 4, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

White House Weighs Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Biofuel Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

September 6, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Orders Biofuel Boost in Bid to Temper Farm State Anger

Corn unloaded at biofuels plant Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies to shift course on relieving some oil refineries of requirements to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol.

August 23, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

US Biofuel Quotas Would Get Modest Bump Under EPA Proposal

Grain rail cars on tracks Grain rail cars sit on tracks at the POET ethanol biorefinery in Gowrie, Iowa, on May 17. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

The Trump administration on July 5 advanced plans to modestly lift U.S. biofuel-blending targets, while dodging fights over how frequently to waive refineries from the quotas and how to offset those exemptions.

July 5, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Industry Poised to Attack as EPA Boosts Ethanol in Fuels

Ethanol Daniel Acker/ Associated Press

Oil industry foes are preparing to go to court to fight the Environmental Protection Agency regulation issued May 31 that allows year-round sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline nationwide.

May 31, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Rushed Ethanol Plan so Trump Could Keep Pledge, Documents Show

Ethanol Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News

After President Donald Trump promised Iowa voters he would unleash high-ethanol gasoline, his administration fast-tracked a plan to lift summertime restrictions on the fuel, forgoing studies of its potential price tag and hastily ending a review of the measure.

March 28, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Said to Hold Biofuel Quotas for Gasoline Steady for 2019

Car refueling Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Trump administration is set to order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels such as corn-based ethanol next year, resisting oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, according to three people familiar with the plans.

November 27, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Proposal to Boost to Biofuel Quotas Spurs Scorn From Ethanol Producers

A research associate takes a sample of algae being cultivated for biofuel research in California. (David Maung/Bloomberg News)

Ethanol producers and farm-state leaders blasted a Trump administration proposal that would force refiners to blend more biofuel into petroleum next year, arguing the modest planned increase is undercut by EPA waivers exempting refineries from the mandate

June 26, 2018
Government, Fuel

Ted Cruz Says Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead

United Soybean Board

A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz.

June 7, 2018

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