Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in a Register editorial board Dec.
19, 2016, he was concerned about how some of Donald Trump's cabinet nominees could change the Renewable Fuels Standard and that supporters should be vigilant.
The Register Zach Tuttle, 12, helps his mother Cheri pump ethanol at a HyVee in West Des Moines in 2010.(Photo: Register file photo)Buy Photo The renewable fuels industry roiled Tuesday after a national advocacy group said a Trump official told them the president would sign an executive order shifting the burden for blending ethanol and biodiesel into the nation’s fuel supply from oil refiners to fuel retailers.
Early Tuesday, Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a statement that a Trump official contacted the Washington, D.C., lobbying group, saying an executive order was pending.
Growth Energy said the shift would require "large-scale restructuring of fuel markets," resulting in "turmoil for retailers, higher costs for consumers, and years of uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of workers in the biofuel industry." On Tuesday, Fuels America, a coalition of renewable fuels groups, "severed ties" with the Renewable Fuels Association, saying the group "elected to lend its support" to Icahn’s effort to "mislead biofuel advocates into accepting rewrites to the RFS in exchange for changes to outdated EPA regulations that limit summertime sales of ethanol." For example, Casey's General Store wrote EPA last week, saying the rule would "decrease incentives for companies, including Casey’s, to blend more renewable fuels, raise the retail price of fuel, and create significant disruptions in the fuels marketplace.”