Biofuel Industry Recognizes Trump Leadership

Biofuel Industry Recognizes Trump Leadership

President Elect Donald Trump's strident support for fossil fuel, his vows to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and his choice of Exxon Mobil Chief Executive as his Secretary of State suggest an environmentally regressive energy policy.  Nonetheless, Bio Fuel industry has found reasons to be bullish and is showing its full support for Mr Trump's term as President. 

The nation’s top renewable fuel advocates celebrated with an ad that began during MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. The digital channels also aired the same. 

“Much like the President-elect, America’s biofuel sector has shattered expectations, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in areas of the country left behind by other manufacturing sectors,” said Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). “President-elect Trump’s commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will drive economic growth across the country, creating jobs, and strengthening our energy security. These are goals every American can share, and we want to show the President-elect that his support is sincerely appreciated.”

The new ad featured footage of Trump proclaiming that “family farms are the backbone of this country” and promising to “protect the Renewable Fuels Standard,” which promotes the addition of biofuels like ethanol into the U.S. fuel mix. The ad thanks Trump for his support, noting that his leadership will support jobs and bring America closer to true energy independence. This is, in fact, the second gesture of felicitation by the renewable fuel sector. In December 2016, the leaders of the sector had sent a letter of congratulations on his victory in the elections. 

“With strong leadership in the White House, we can tap into America’s vast renewable resources to deliver cleaner, more affordable options at the pump,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “America’s ethanol industry already supplies about 10 percent of our transportation needs, and as that number grows, so does our ability to protect the air we breathe and reduce U.S. reliance on hostile nations. We look forward to working with the new administration to revitalize job growth in America’s heartland and save consumers money.”

“Donald Trump’s campaign united millions of voters who care deeply about America’s leadership on clean, homegrown energy,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “Strong support for the RFS will drive billions in new investments and ensure that consumers don’t have to choose between low prices and clean, homegrown fuels. We’re grateful for the President-elect’s support and urge him to stand strong against those who seek to undermine the single most effective clean energy policy working to lower our dependence on oil.”

The Oil and Natural Gas Companies have continuously rallied for a complete repeal of or significantly reform the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), slating it to be an outdated and unnecessary policy. The ex-Agriculture Secretary Mr. Tom Vilsack had initially indicated that RFS will survive the Trump administration as it is a well established industry in the rural areas with a lot of infrastructure and jobs attached to it. However, he has called for caution in the wake of the recent cabinet nominations of two RFS opponents to lead key energy agencies:Former Texas Governor Rick Perry for the Energy Department and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for US Environmental Protection Agency. 

About Fuels America 

Fuels America is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Fuels America is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good for the U.S. economy, for our nation’s energy security, and for the environment.