- Staying true to a campaign promise, the Trump administration lifted restrictions to allow for the year-round sale of E15, a 15% corn-based ethanol, which was previously banned during the summer by the Obama administration to curb smog pollution.
- EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said: “As President Trump promised, EPA is approving the year-round sale of E15 in time for summer driving season.”
- The move helps farmers who have struggled during the U.S.-China trade war. Farmers say this will increase the demand for corn-based ethanol.
- A chief executive of a biofuel group said: “We estimate this one change will generate over a billion new gallons of ethanol demand in the next five years.”
- However, lifting the restrictions draws the ire of Big Oil, “which views biofuels as competition for its petroleum-based fuels and has threatened to sue the Trump administration.”
- The president and CEO of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers trade group said: “EPA has left us no choice but to pursue legal action to get this unlawful rule overturned.”
- The American Petroleum Institute says the Trump administration “lacks the authority to unilaterally lift the ban on E15 and that such a move should require an act of Congress.”
- Environmental groups are worried about increased pollution and “an expansion of agriculture that would speed wildlife habitat loss.”