IRFA: President Trump’s Iowa Remarks Supporting Biofuels Tee Up Need for Administration Action

Contact: Cassidy Riley

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Last night in his remarks to Iowa ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College and again at his Cedar Rapids rally, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American renewable fuels.  His remarks come as several issues vital to the future of renewable fuels are pending within his administration.

Today, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following comments after reflecting on Trump’s Iowa remarks:

“Last night President Trump made plain his personal support for ethanol and renewable fuels. He has not forgotten that it was farmers and rural Americans who propelled him to the White House.  More importantly, President Trump understands the link between growing ethanol and biodiesel use and getting the rural economy humming again.

“Now it is time for action. President Trump’s EPA needs to release the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2018. That proposal needs to maintain ethanol levels at the statutory 15 billion gallons and should include a major boost in the biodiesel number to reflect reality in the marketplace. The Trump EPA needs to knock down the summertime barrier standing between consumers and lower-cost, higher-octane E15.  The Trump trade team needs to continue standing by the biodiesel industry in fighting against unfair and illegally subsidized imports that shut down US biodiesel plants. And President Trump and his new Ambassador to China, Iowa’s own Terry Branstad, must knock down the illegal barriers China has thrown up to keep out American ethanol and distillers grains.

“In short, his administration needs to take these actions to breathe life into President Trump’s words to Iowans. The renewable fuels industry is straining against these barriers to expand – to expand production, to expand its use of American ag commodities, to expand American jobs, and to expand the rural American economy. It is time for the rubber to meet the road. Rural America is ready and willing, but waiting.”

Trump Speech Highlights on Renewable Fuels

Kirkwood Community College remarks:

“We’re here today to talk about how we’re going to empower America’s farmers and protect our nation’s proud farming legacy, including ethanol, which I’ve done. Family farmers are the backbone of America, and my administration will always support the farmer.”

“We want to eliminate the intrusive rules that undermine your ability to earn a living, and we will protect the corn-based ethanol and biofuels that power our country. And you remember, during the campaign, I made that promise.” 

Cedar Rapids rally remarks:

“We’re saving your ethanol industry in the state of Iowa just like I promised I would do in my campaign. And believe me, they are under siege.”

“I said that I was going to protect your ethanol for good reason, only for good reason, and it was very important to me. I said that I was going to do things for the people of Iowa. And I want to let you know, I’ve done it for the people of Iowa, but I’ve really done it for the people of our country. Our country is getting stronger. It’s getting better. We’re going to be setting records in so many different ways.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually – including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 350 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: