Trump Recocgnizes Damage U.S. Biofuel Wavers Can Do To America And Its Farmers
Exclusive: Trump administration to deny pending retroactive U.S. biofuel waivers: sources
WASHINGTON DC September 8, 2020; Stephanie Kelly, Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw writing for Reuters reported that U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue (Is Wrong For America - TACH) could cut into his support in the Farm Belt, three sources familiar with the decision said.
The move, in the form of a direction to the Environmental Protection Agency, marks the end of an effort by the refining industry to come into compliance with a January court decision that said the Trump administration should not have given out some waivers in previous years.
The waivers have been a battleground for the influential oil and corn lobbies, both major constituencies for Trump as he seeks re-election in November.
The people familiar with Trump’s direction to the EPA wished to remain anonymous so they could speak candidly about the decision.
The EPA did not immediately comment.