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Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump EPA ‘Screwed’ Farmers With Biofuels Exemptions


< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/entry/farmers-trump-trade-war-china-sonny-perdu_n_5d50b653e4b0820e0af74aef" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Farmers< a href =" https://www.huffpost.com/entry/farmers-trump-trade-war-china-sonny-perdu_n_5d50b653e4b0820e0af74aef" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > reeling from President< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/donald-trump" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Donald Trump’s< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/topic/trade-war" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=” _ blank” > trade war with< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/topic/china" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target =" _ blank" > China suffered a new blow recently when his administration excused dozens of oil refineries from requirements to use biofuels. The choice lowers demand for corn-based ethanol, slicing even deeper into farmers’ tanking earnings.

Waivers approved by the < a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/epa" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank "> Environmental Security Agency to 31 little petroleum refineries efficiently exempts them from needing to use more ethanol in their items.

< a href= "http://www.iptv.org/iowapress/story/34620/grassley-trumps-epa-they-screwed-us" rel =" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > They screwed us … when they released 31 waivers,” Sen.< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/chuck-grassley" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told Iowa Public Television Friday (in the video above). He said less than 10 waivers were approved throughout “all the Obama years– and we thought that was bad.”

Grassley added: “What’s truly bad isn’t a waiver, it’s that it’s being approved to individuals that truly aren’t [in monetary] challenge,” while farmers are suffering a < a href =" https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trade-war-record-farm-bankruptcy_n_5c611dcee4b0910c63f251ad" rel =" noopener noreferrer "target=" _ blank "> record variety of insolvencies. He

stated the” dollar stops at the Oval Workplace. ” This. Is. Incorrect. https://t.co/qozQWSBCbI!.?.!— Minnesota Farmers Union( @MNFarmersUnion)< a href=" https://twitter.com/MNFarmersUnion/status/1160290219490500609?ref_src=twsrc^tfw" > August 10, 2019

Curt Mether, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, called the waivers “absurd” and a “< a href =" https://twitter.com/iowa_corn/status/1159938415548403713?s=20" rel="

noopener noreferrer” target=” _ blank” > slap in the face to farmers.”< a href=" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-trump/trump-intervention-triggered-epas-surprise-biofuel-waiver-decision-sources-idUSKCN1V610F" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Trump called EPA head and< a href=" https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/07/05/coal-lobbyist-now-running-EPA?utm_campaign=edf_epa_upd_dmt&utm_id=1531920080&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9_3sx-yN5AIVCL3sCh2Ixw5OEAAYASAAEgK1SPD_BwE" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > previous coal lobbyist< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/topic/andrew-wheeler" rel =" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Andrew Wheeler personally to inform him to give the waivers, sources informed Reuters.” The president has heard from all sides and in the end, he has had enough of it. He called Wheeler and provided him the thumbs-up, “one source discussed. Trump’s call indicated assistance for energy companies over farmers, whom he has hailed as

” excellent patriots” going to put their incomes on the line for his trade war. American farm income has< a href=" https://agfax.com/2019/02/28/net-farm-income-down-almost-50-ag-sec-perdue-tells-house-ag/ ” rel=” noopener noreferrer” target= “_ blank” > plunged by almost half because 2013– and dropped< a href=" https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-economy/farm-sector-income-finances/highlights-from-the-farm-income-forecast/" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > 16%in 2015 alone. The decade-old federal< a href=" https://www.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program "rel =" noopener

noreferrer” target=” _ blank” > Renewable Fuel Standard Program needs refineries to blend corn-based ethanol into their gasoline– or purchase credits from those that do. But small refineries can acquire exemptions if they can persuade the EPA that complying would develop monetary challenge. Because Trump took workplace, the EPA has more than quadrupled the number of waivers it has actually approved, Reuters reports.

Some of the refineries are run by Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. Who else is pleased this week’s almost over? In the wake of 31 more little refiner exemptions, China news, and surprise USDA

report, we’ve seen a possible $10.6 billion transfer of wealth from< a href=" https://twitter.com/hashtag/ethanol?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc^tfw" > #ethanol industry and farmers to #BigOil. pic.twitter.com/a5yolQqfX8!.?.!— Renewable Fuels Association( @EthanolRFA)< a href=" https://twitter.com/EthanolRFA/status/1162421234631610370?ref_src=twsrc^tfw" > August 16, 2019 Iowa, a swing state that chose Trump in 2016, is the leading corn producer for ethanol.

Rural states were crucial to Trump’s election success. However margins in some farm states were extremely thin, and< a href=" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-trouble-in-the-farm-belt-11558653566" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > farmers are losing patience with his trade war, in spite of a variety of taxpayer handouts created to cushion the blow of China’s choice to give up buying U.S. farming products. The waivers are another indication of growing cracks between the administration and those Trump has

referred to as “my farmers.” At a Minnesota Farmfest listening session previously this month, Farming Secretary Sonny Perdue broke a joke< a href=" https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sonny-perdue-whining-farmers-angry-reaction_n_5d51e64ce4b0c63bcbec0c10" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > identifying farmers as” whiners.”< section data-block-class=" app-download-interstitial" > REAL LIFE. GENUINE NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us inform

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