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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:56 AM

Noem Spins Trump Resistance to Ethanol as Good News for Farmers

Speaking of ethanol, Governor Kristi Noem is having to work really hard to repaint her Dear Leader Donald Trump as an advocate of South Dakota farmers’ favorite non-edible product. Her weekend propaganda piece pretends that Trump has been eagerly shoving corncobs up our gas tanks:

The EPA recently reiterated its commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS.) The RFS is crucial to ensure that there is a market for our farmers to sell their corn for ethanol production. President Trump also recently announced that E15 blends will be more widely available across the country. These are but the latest bits of progress for our crucial ethanol industry.

As Chair of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, I’ve urged the Trump administration to drop restrictions on the ethanol industry, and we’ve already made progress on these goals. The Trump administration approved the use of E15 year-round. We also persuaded President Trump to reject a movement that would have waived portions of the RFS for small petroleum refineries. It’s been tough work, but it’s worth it to help South Dakota farmers.

…The Obama administration paid lip service to ethanol, but President Trump is actually following through on his promises to farmers. His administration is taking the necessary steps to promote biofuels and expand ethanol production. Frankly, it takes leadership from the top, and I want to thank President Trump for continuing to fight for agriculture. There is still more work to accomplish, but I’m confident that we can build on the progress that we’ve already made and get it done [Gov. Kristi Noem, press release, 2020.09.18].


Read Noem’s claims carefully: you wouldn’t think Noem would have to fight that hard to get a true supporter of ethanol to break our way. Throughout his administration, Trump has broken ethanol promises in favor of his Big Oil pals. His promise last week to unleash 15% ethanol fuel blends at the pumps feels like small comfort to farmers who’ve been given the back of Trump’s hand for the last three and a half years:

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2020/09/21/noem-spins-trump-resistance-to-ethanol-as-good-news-for-farmers/

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