Senators Like What They Hear from EPA Nominee on RFS

Front page of the business section in today's Des Moines Register.

Front page of the business section in today’s Des Moines Register.

An update yesterday at BartellPowell noted that some Midwestern senators had sought a meeting with President-elect Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The Senators were “seeking promises [that Pruitt] won’t gut federal policies that promote renewable fuels such as corn-based ethanol.”

Joseph Morton reported in today’s Omaha World-Herald that, “Nebraska and Iowa Republican senators seemed satisfied as they emerged Thursday from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, arranged the sit-down to discuss the importance of renewable fuels with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has been critical of policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard [RFS] in the past.

Grassley and other senators indicated they liked what they heard.”

Mr. Morton noted that, “‘It was a very positive meeting,’ Grassley told reporters as he stood next to Pruitt. ‘As far as I know, every senator was very satisfied with the answers we got.'”

“‘I think the whole room is supportive,’ Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said. ‘He’s just open and honest.'”

Meanwhile, Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of the business section in today’s Des Moines Register that, “Midwest Republican senators got reassurances from EPA chief nominee Scott Pruitt that he will ‘follow the law’ that requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley said.”

“‘He has no intention to undermine the RFS,’ Ernst said, adding that Pruitt ‘went a step further,’ criticizing the current EPA administration for missing deadlines that set RFS fuel blending requirements.”

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