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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Republican senator threatens to call on Pruitt to resign
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is threatening to push for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt’s resignation over ethanol policy.
Grassley made the threat Tuesday as part of a warning to Pruitt against the EPA’s reported “hardship” waivers, which are given to fuel refineries to exempt them from the federal ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“Well, they better, or I’m going to be calling for Pruitt to resign, because I’m done playing around with this” he said of his request that EPA stop issuing the waivers to individual small refineries owned by large companies.
Grassley argued that waivers violate promises by Pruitt and President Trump to keep the annual federal ethanol mandate at the level Congress called for in 2007, which is currently 15 billion gallons.
His state is dominant nationally in corn production, and the ethanol mandate has significantly ramped up demand for corn to create the biofuel. He fears the waivers will chip away at the mandate and hurt Iowa.
“Trump was elected with an agenda, Pruitt was not elected, and it's Pruitt’s job to carry out the Trump agenda,” he said in a call.
Grassley reiterated the threat later Tuesday in a tweet.
“I’ve supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump promise & he should step down & let someone else do the job of implementing Trump agenda if he refuses,” Grassley wrote...MORE
Amazing. All the first-class travel, condo renting, and over the top security are ok, but by God if he cuts subsidies to ethanol he should resign.