US House members want Trump to deny biofuels waivers

A bipartisan group of 44 House members led by Reps. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) on Monday called on President Donald Trump to deny requests by oil states to grant waivers to Renewable Fuel Standard requirements.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is one of those governors who made a request last month. At least one refinery in Oklahoma, the Wynnewood Refinery was involved in losing a court challenge before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The refinery and a few others that had received waivers from the biofuels standards still can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We strongly urge you to uphold the integrity of the RFS and decline issuing any blanket statewide or nationwide waivers from the 2020 RFS blending requirements under the Clean Air Act,” the members wrote in a letter .

POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report stated that the missive comes after a bipartisan Senate letter last month asked Trump to order EPA to leave the program intact. Both refiners and ethanol producers have been strained by the collapse in demand for gas brought on by the coronavirus epidemic, and both have gathered allies to attack or defend the program.