Submitted by Norm on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 22:45

U.S. farmers, lawmakers dial up pressure on Trump over biofuel policy: WHY CANNABIS IS ILLEGAL - SELL ETHANOL! U.S. farmers, lawmakers dial up pressure on Trump over biofuel policy over the relief he has given oil refiners from rules requiring use of biofuels. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The agriculture and biofuel industries and their U.S. congressional allies ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday over the relief he has given oil refiners from rules requiring use of biofuels.

Farmers have been infuriated at the administration’s decision to grant waivers exempting 31 oil refineries from rules requiring them to blend corn-based ethanol into gasoline.

National and state trade groups along with their political allies delivered letters to the White House over the past 48 hours detailing the damage the waivers have caused the biofuel industry.

Democratic presidential hopefuls have used the refinery issue as a cudgel, echoing farm groups who say Trump has betrayed them by siding with Big Oil. Alarmed, the Republican president ordered his cabinet to find ways to boost biofuel demand.