Midwest Voters Demand Commitment to Renewable Fuels

By The National Biodiesel Board | August 23, 2018

A recent poll commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board sends the clear message that voters across three Midwestern states want President Trump to keep his promises to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. 

According to the survey, voters in Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries. Voters across party lines overwhelmingly support federal policies to encourage growth in biodiesel and renewable fuels use.

In the 2016 election, then-candidate Donald Trump’s performance in the three states surveyed demonstrated strong support for his public statements that he would support the RFS.

“When candidate Trump promised he would be their defender in Washington, D.C., farming communities turned out to the polls in big numbers for him in November 2016,” said Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs at NBB. “To be frank, rural voters haven’t seen that similar support reciprocated from the administration and that’s reflected in the survey.”

While the U.S. EPA recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2019 that are encouraging, the administration has sent mixed signals about its support for the RFS. In addition to the lack of growth in the RFS in 2018, President Trump’s EPA has provided numerous exemptions for refiners, including one of the largest in the U.S., that excuse them from fulfilling their obligations to blend biofuels at their facilities.

“Midwestern voters are desperate to see some positive signal from President Trump and Congress,” Kovarik said. “Income from farming has plummeted more than 50 percent. It’s at its lowest point in a dozen years. This poll sends a clear message that rural voters want the Trump administration to take decisive action in support of agriculture and the biofuels industry.”

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