In Donald Trump’s Washington, King Corn Still Reigns
In Donald Trump’s Washington, King Corn still reigns
Farm-state interests just conquered Big Oil in a fight over biofuels, proving that in President Donald Trump’s Washington, King Corn still reigns.
The clash erupted over the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a 12-year-old law that compels the use of fuels such as corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. Although the president had repeatedly promised Midwest voters he would “protect” ethanol and support the program, his Environmental Protection Agency was considering steps to dilute the mandate.
Farm-state governors and senators revolted — setting off a behind-the-scenes struggle between two special-interest heavyweights. Lobbyists for oil refiners warned of higher gasoline prices …