Reynolds, Midwest Governors to President Trump: Reject Attacks on Renewable Fuel Standard

Contact: Cassidy Walter

Letter implores President to deny Senator Cruz’s RFS waiver credit scheme

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today a coalition of six Midwest governors, led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him for his support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and rural America. The letter also implored the president to deny Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s RFS waiver credit scheme (also referred to as a RIN price cap), which would destroy over a billion gallons of biofuels demand.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following statement regarding the multi-governor letter:

“This letter represents a broad and bold appeal from the Heartland for President Trump to keep his commitment to rural voters. Waiver credits would cut the RFS. Period. The governors told President Trump that adoption of the Cruz scheme ‘would directly violate your promise to rural voters to uphold RFS levels.’ That’s about as clear and simple as it gets. It is our hope that President Trump will read these words, take them to heart, and stand by his promise to protect biofuels and American farmers. IRFA commends Governor Reynolds for her continued strong leadership on the RFS and in engaging her fellow governors across the Midwest to clearly lay out just how disruptive and destructive the Cruz scheme would be for biofuels demand and Midwest farmers.”

In addition to Reynolds, the letter was signed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

To read the full letter, click here.

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 nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including approximately 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: