Green Corn in US Energy Mix

Trump Administration Promising More Biofuels

Source:  US Department of Agriculture

Ethanol Use Mandated To Rise
President Donald Trump has never claimed to be a Green "What's good for the environment is good for the nation and the world" President.  In fact, he dismisses the very existence of Climate Change. But the Administration just made a slight move into a greener direction.  They've unveiled a plan to boost US biofuel consumption, specifically corn based, ethanol fuel, starting in 2020.  The purpose is to help struggling farmers in the Corn belt, which is a big voting constituency for Mr. Trump.  The plan is getting applause from the agricultural industry and big boos from big oil, another Republican voting base.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revamping ethanol rules. The plan is in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture.  The plan requires an increase in the amount of ethanol that oil refineries must add to their fuel in 2020.  Specifically it requires that 15 billion gallons of ethanol be blended into the nation's fuel supply starting in 2020 and going forward.  

Growing Corn for Green Energy
The EPA says their plan will remove barriers to the sale of higher ethanol blends of gas.  EPA says it will promote domestic ethanol and biodiesel production to help farmers and also promote more US energy security.  Producers of the corn based fuel say they'll wait to see if the changes increase demand for bio-based fuels at the pump.


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