Omaha World Herald: Iowa biofuels advocates caution Trump as ethanol use declines

Omaha World Herald

By Joseph Morton

WASHINGTON — Iowa biofuels advocates delivered something of a warning shot Wednesday for President Donald Trump.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said moves by former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt contributed to less ethanol being blended in 2018 than the year before.

Shaw said that broke a streak of increasing ethanol usage that stretched back more than two decades — a streak even a brutal drought wasn’t able to break.

“That’s not the reality many Iowans were expecting based on the promises that President Trump made,” Shaw said.

Shaw held a press conference along with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig warning about the potential ramifications if Pruitt’s replacement, Andrew Wheeler, continues his predecessor’s approach to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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