Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) commends President Trump for continued support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). President Trump urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to refrain from making changes to the biofuels mandate last week.
Upon Trump’s urging, Pruitt issued a letter to Senator Grassley, as well as several senators from biofuel producing states. Pruitt reaffirmed his commitment to the RFS, throughout the letter. Grassley says the senators welcome Pruitt’s commitment.
“Nothing is definitive until the regulations are finalized and announced. Regardless, Pruitt’s commitment is welcomed,” Grassley said. “I’m glad the EPA is not going to take actions which would undercut the President, Iowa and myself, personally.”
The Midwest has benefited economically from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Grassley says not only does the RFS benefit the Midwest region, but the entire nation.
“Biofuels are good for the environment. They make us safer in our national defense, not being reliant on foreign sources. A strong Renewable Fuel Standard helps us grow domestic energy production and is a very important to an all of the above energy policy. At a time when many economies in rural America are struggling, biofuels and agriculture, generally, are bright spots worth noting,” Grassley said.