Look for President Donald Trump to tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to back off proposed changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.
The EPA Administrator has proposed policy changes that would lower the usage targets of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel for 2017 and 2018. However, Wiesemeyer says those proposed changes are becoming too much of a political liability. "President Trump will eventually step in to this and tell Pruitt to back off [we hear] from our sources," Wiesemeyer told the AgriTalk Radio Show. "It's called politics 101. It's called Trump going to primary time in Iowa. It's called [Senator Charles] Grassley meeting on the phone with Trump and getting that commitment."
Senator Grassley of Iowa indeed weighed in on the dispute today in a press call with Iowa reporters saying he may seek to block EPA nominees if Pruitt does not back off of the changes to the RFS.
Grassley and other corn state lawmakers were scheduled to meet with the EPA Administrator today.
Listen to the AgriTalk Radio discussion of the RFS changes with Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer, Brian Grete and Chip Flory in the player above.