Trump’s Embrace of Year-Round E15 Sales Positive Step
April 12, 2018
Contact: Cassidy Walter
Implementing Policy Would Boost Rural Morale and Drive Ag Demand
JOHNSTON, IOWA – After meeting with rural champions including Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Gov. Kim Reynolds at the White House today, President Trump called restrictions on E15 sales during the summer “unnecessary and ridiculous.” Trump publicly supported going “to 12 months” for E15.
If the White House moves forward to allow year-round sales of E15 it would be welcome news in farm country where the struggling economy has been buffeted by secretive small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and ongoing tariff issues with China.
“President Trump’s public support for year-round E15 sales is a jolt of positive news at a time when farm country needed some,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “The unnecessary and ridiculous restrictions, as President Trump called them, have hampered retailers from offering and consumers from buying E15. If the White House moves forward quickly to remove the restrictions, the boost in E15 sales will drive ethanol demand and better corn prices.”
However, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is attempting a last-ditch effort to tie additional ethanol demand destruction to any E15 measure. Cruz tweeted about skyrocketing RIN prices and claimed refineries are suffering financially.
“Going down the path of more demand destruction is not the news rural America needs,” said Shaw. “E15 is not some spoonful of sugar to help the RFS waiver poison go down. Destroying hundreds of millions of gallons of demand with RFS waiver credits is not a ‘win-win.’”
IRFA estimates that the Cruz RFS waiver scheme could slash ethanol demand by one billion gallons and destroy $3.5 billion in farm income.
“Senator Cruz apparently needs to refresh his browser,” said Shaw. “Since the end of last year, the EPA has eliminated over a billion gallons of ethanol demand through black box exemptions and RIN prices have dropped by two-thirds. Meanwhile, most refineries are enjoying record profits. The refiners have gotten everything they need and more. It’s time to help farm country.
“IRFA will continue to work with its champions – Sens. Grassley and Ernst and Gov. Reynolds – to protect the RFS from further demand destruction through RFS waiver schemes and unjustified small refinery exemptions.”
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: www.IowaRFA.org.