Government, Business, Fuel

Governors Ask Trump to Waive Biofuel Quotas Amid Pandemic

Corn plants, from which the majority of biofuel is made, grow in Churdan, Iowa, in May 2019. Corn plants, from which the majority of biofuel is made, grow in Churdan, Iowa, in May 2019. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Five American governors are asking the Trump administration to waive U.S. biofuel-blending requirements, arguing the cost of complying with the mandates on top of coronavirus-spurred lockdowns pose a “severe economic harm” to the country.

April 16, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump’s Biofuel Plan Triggers Political Fallout in Farm Country

Cornfield in Iowa Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s decision to defend the U.S. government’s power to broadly exempt oil refineries from biofuel-blending requirements is triggering a backlash in Iowa and other states that are top producers of ethanol and the corn used to make it.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Bloomberg News
March 6, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump to Pare Biofuel Waivers for Oil Refineries on Court Ruling

Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Trump administration has decided to pare exemptions for oil refineries from U.S. requirements to use biofuels in response to a federal court ruling last month, according to two people familiar with the matter.

February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trump Rebuffs Corn Farmers With Status Quo on Biofuels

Corn in Illinois Corn stands in a field in Walnut, Ill. The Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to use 20.09 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2020, a 0.85% increase over the 2019 requirement for 19.92 billion gallons. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration on Dec. 19 set relatively flat quotas for plant-based fuels in 2020, rebuffing ethanol and biodiesel allies who said the targets don’t do enough to support the industry.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Bloomberg News
December 19, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Larry Kudlow Hatches New Plan to Boost Biofuel Mandates

corn plants Corn plants grow in Churdan, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is developing a new plan to bolster biofuel-blending requirements after ethanol allies in politically important farm states complained the current proposal doesn’t do enough to compensate for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates.

December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Farmers Blame Trump for Biofuels Rule They View as Betrayal

Monte Shaw, Grant Kimberley and Craig Floss Monte Shaw of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (from left), Grant Kimberley of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Craig Floss of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, hold a press conference in Johnston, Iowa, on Oct. 16. (David Plitt/AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Oct. 16 with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

David Pitt | Associated Press
October 17, 2019
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

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost to Offset Refinery Waivers

The Trump administration may bolster ethanol and other biodiesel. A grain truck sits parked as corn is delivered at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump has tentatively agreed to a plan for bolstering ethanol and biodiesel, amid pressure from Midwest U.S. senators who warned the president that without action, he risks votes in next year’s election.

September 13, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

White House to Meet With Oil, Biofuel Makers in Bid for Deal

Grain rail cars on tracks Grain rail cars sit on tracks in the POET Biorefining ethanol facility in Gowrie, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Trump administration officials are set to consult with oil refiners and renewable fuel producers at the White House on Sept. 11, as they struggle to develop a final plan for bolstering corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel.

September 11, 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