Farmer leaders and biofuel producers from the Midwest states of America have expressed concerns about the news that the Trump administration has decided to side with oil companies in their court battle against biofuels.
The debate centres around a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which have destroyed demand for billions of gallons of homegrown biofuels.
More than 20 farm and biofuel groups recently sent a letter asking the President to reject “an appeal of the court decision, given the clarity, unanimity, and strength of the ruling.”
In a blow to rural communities, the White House now appears ready to defend those exemptions, ensuring continued uncertainty for farm families and jeopardising jobs for biofuels workers across the Midwest.
An extension granted by the court this week gives the administration until March 24 to file a formal appeal.
Speaking for corn, soybean, ethanol and biodiesel producers, as well as rural communities around the Midwest that have been adversely impacted by EPA’s waiver policy, the presidents of the National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association, and two biofuel producers have been in discussions over the rulings.
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