In Iowa, the president supported having 15% Ethanol fuels (E15) available year round. It is currently off the menu in the summer.

The Trump Administration is planning to allow E15 sales year-round. During the White House agriculture roundtable Thursday, President Trump announced his support for E15 sales year-round without a cap on RIN prices, according to attendee, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Ethanol groups have argued that allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blended fuels would be a “win-win” for agriculture and refiners, who have alleged that RIN prices are overburdensome.

But whoa, US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05-GOP) thinks that’s a bad idea.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard violates free market principles, puts consumers at risk, and is harmful to the environment. Expanding the sale of E15 will increase the danger of misfueling, causing damage to engines and voiding consumer warranties. I urge the EPA not to move forward with this plan.”

Click through on the link above. Rep. Sensenbrenner mixes a stew of free market, environmental, small government, consumer protection, etc to protest the move to year round E15. A kinda interesting read.

But it is interesting that he has gone public with his opposition to the president’s announced policy. And personally I am surprised by his resistance to ethanol. Now Wisconsin isn’t Iowa but it still produces its share of ethanol…but I guess maybe not much going on in his 5th Congressional District anymore…strip mall central, urban sprawl poster child land that it is.

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