The hashtag #RFSWorks was trending on Twitter yesterday morning as farmers, ethanol and biodiesel producers, organization leaders, and dozens of other stakeholders sent on-line messages to President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as promised.
Quad County Corn Processors was one of many ethanol plants that joined in the Twitter storm. “@realDonaldTrump, please remember your promises to rural America. The #biofuels industry keeps breaking down restrictive barriers, and our reward is more barriers and regulations (hurdles you and @EPAScottPruitt promised to do away with). Stand up for the RFS! #RFSWorks #ethanol.”
Many of the tweets took aim at EPA for granting dozens of small refiner hardship waivers, impacting demand for both ethanol and corn.
“Backdoor RIN waivers=demand destruction for corn, ethanol and defy #RFSworks. Listen to farmers/ranchers/rural America @realDonaldTrump! We remember your promises to support the RFS! Remind @EPAScottPruitt of those promises,” tweeted former National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president and Iowa farmer Pam Johnson.
President Trump reportedly met with Pruitt and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday afternoon to again consider what can be done to appease oil refiners complaining about the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS), which have dropped 50% so far this year, yet still remain true to his promise to uphold the RFS.