Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels

Republican Governors Issue Letter Supporting RFS

"They feel the pressure", she said.

The dispute centers on the EPA's recently released proposals for the mandated levels of ethanol and biodiesel usage under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

"The goal of the Renewable Fuel Standard is to grow demand for biofuels while driving the industry to innovate", Reynolds said. "The objective of the Renewable Fuel Standard is to grow demand for biofuel while driving the industry to innovate", said Governor Reynolds, who recently spearheaded a letter on biofuels to the EPA from four Midwestern governors. "While I have appreciated the accessibility of the EPA and have had many positive conversations about the RFS, I have some significant concerns with the direction the agency appears to be taking". A member of the committee, Ernst said she found Wehrum's answers "pretty darn squishy" when she pressed him on support for renewable fuels.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says he may block President Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environment Protection Agency.

"Both of them personally affirmed to me their continued commitment to the renewable fuel standard", she told reporters.

Reynolds, a staunch supporter of Trump, said she spoke with the president ahead of her remarks at an agriculture cooperative in Pella, about an hour southeast of Des Moines.

Reynolds sent President Trump a letter yesterday, expressing "deep concern" the EPA was poised to make "ill-advised" cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard. "Or, if he sat back, it would allow the EPA to systematically dismantle the RFS".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump's call during a briefing in Washington but said "no definitive decision was made on RFS".

The RFS is America's most successful energy policy, working for the past 12 years to provide consumers with cleaner, more affordable options at the pump while reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. It's a point U.S. Sen. "We commend the governors for holding our federal government accountable to the law, and we join them in calling on the Administration to ensure that the EPA stays true to the president's promises for a strong RFS". While saying Pruitt again claimed Tuesday that he will not do anything to undermine the program, the Red Oak Republican added, quote, "we have heard this before".

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