Since the October 4 announcement, President Donald Trump mentioned the plan negotiated by the administration to address small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard at least twice while addressing farmers and ranchers. Those comments appear to contradict the EPA proposal released Tuesday which industry representatives say will likely not even result in maintaining the 15 billion gallons required under the RFS.
During the October 7 press conference to celebrate the Japanese trade agreement, President Trump said “we’ve come to an agreement and it’s going to be, I guess, getting close to 16 billion gallons.”
On October 10, President Trump recorded a message to farmers and ranchers from the Oval office that was distributed through the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) where he talked about what his administration has done for agriculture.
“Only days ago, my administration announced an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Trump. “We will increase the volume of ethanol we blend into our fuel above 15 billion gallons, ensuring certainty for American producers.
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President Trump ethanol comment during Japan press conference