Through Washington’s Fog, an Ethanol Deal Emerges: Refiners Not Happy

How many Washington bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb? Nobody knows, but evidently it takes a surprising number of them to elucidate the terms of ethanol-vs.-oil industry settlement that was midwifed by President Donald J. Trump’s administration. The administration has for months been foreshadowing a deal, the terms of which are still foggy, intended to put […]

Oft-Overlooked Biodiesel May Be Key to Trump’s Bid to Quell Renewable Energy Fight

President Donald Trump hinted last week that he was about to unveil a grand bargain that would settle quarrels between Midwestern farmers who grow biofuel feedstocks, and small petroleum refiners who say the cost of a federal stimulus program to advance renewable fuels falls disproportionately on them and is now leading to refinery shutdowns. The government program at issue […]

EPA Announces RIN Reforms, E15 Expansion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a final rule Friday that gives President Donald Trump what he hopes will be a political boost in the Midwestern corn belt, where many of his supporters live:┬ápermission for gasoline retailers to start selling higher blends of ethanol fuel to drivers over the summer months, effective immediately. The agricultural and biofuels industries had […]