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Trump to Lift Summer Ethanol Ban – What It Means for 2018 and 2020

The president is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline. That’s music to Iowa farmers’ ears.

By NTK Staff | 10.09.2018 @10:15am
Trump to Lift Summer Ethanol Ban – What It Means for 2018 and 2020

President Donald Trump is heading to Iowa Tuesday and is expected to announce a new policy that will impact every corn farmer in the Hawkeye State. The White House is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, according to the New York Times.

Trump is headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa on Tuesday, where he’s expected to make the policy official. Among those praising the idea is Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the state’s senior senator.

“There is anxiety about the president’s program on putting on tariffs,” said Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, though he noted the administration’s successful renegotiation of a trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico has allayed some of those worries.

Still, he said that for farmers, the ethanol announcement “would be a big boost not only because of the anxiety of tariffs but because we’re having another record corn crop and that naturally drives down prices.” Mr. Grassley has long pushed to allow the sale of higher ethanol blend gasoline in summer months. The restrictions have been in place out of concerns that burning more ethanol in hot weather contributes to smog.

Trump’s policy would lift a ban that has “traditionally run from June through September on selling gasoline that is blended with 15 percent ethanol.” In the past, he has called the regulation “ridiculous,” according to the Times.

Trump won Iowa in 2016 by a nearly-10-point margin, and this move could be seen as one to pave the way for both Republicans in 2018 and the president’s reelection campaign in 2020.

It could also put Trump’s 2020 Democratic hopefuls in a tough spot when campaigning in Iowa over the next two years. If Democrats oppose the measure for environmental reasons, they would be hurting Iowa farmers’ bottom lines. But if they support the measure, groups like the League of Conservation Voters might not support or actively oppose their campaigns.

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