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Iowa’s Governor Set To Meet Trump Admin On Her Victory Lap In The Ethanol Debate

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will meet with Trump administration officials later this week, after President Donald Trump assured her the biofuel mandate that benefits Iowa’s ethanol industry would remain in place, Axios reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it would not reduce biodiesel requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), despite oil industry support for the reductions, according to Bloomberg.

“If he satisfies the refineries, then he’s going to go back on the president’s promise and hurt rural America,” GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said last week, according to Axios. “Even though he’s acting in good faith to thread the needle and go down the middle, it’s pretty impossible to make that miracle come out.”

The EPA has until Nov. 30 to come up with the biofuels quotas that determine how much ethanol will be mixed into fuel. Reynolds is meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt later this week ahead of that deadline.

The oil industry is continuing to fight for a lower biofuel standard, despite the EPA’s announcement last week.

“In a moment of weakness I’ll tell you what I’m really thinking,” American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers President and CEO Chet Thompson said Friday, according to Axios. “It’s frankly been very embarrassing to watch the administration bend its knee to its will to king corn and these handful of senators.”

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