Exclusive: Trump Orders Cabinet to Assuage Farmer Unrest Over Biofuel Policy – Sources

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Donald Trump ordered cabinet members on Monday to stem the tide of rising anger in Iowa and other Farm Belt states over his administration’s decision to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters.

Trump held a two-hour meeting at the White House, two sources familiar with the discussions said. About a week ago, the administration granted 31 exemptions from the nation’s biofuel laws to 31 refineries.

Corn farmers and ethanol producers lobbied to dramatically cut the number of exemptions, which have hit a record under the Trump administration.

(Reporting By Jarrett Renshaw and Humeyra Pamuk; Additional reporting by Stephanie Kelly)

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Michael
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Screw, the economy would be doing even better with a real Republican in the oval office.

Screwtape
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I have a question for the Iowa farmers.

What did you do BEFORE ethanol use, a boondoggle and swindle, was mandated?

Can you find OTHER uses for your lands or corn?

Have you become accustomed to “agfare” like the inner-city denizens waiting for their monthly checks?*

I have some sympathy with your plight BUT markets/regulations change. Can you adapt and survive?

*want to see urban strife/riots? See what happens if food cards/welfare STOP coming.

Screwtape
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Ethanol as a fuel is a swindle to consumers, who pay more for less energy. It converts food into fuel. It’s completely NOT Green, using fossil-fuel derived fertilizers, transport, and processing. Here’s another thought. China and SE Asia are experiencing a HUGE shortage of pork due to swine flu. They are literally the world’s largest consumers. Feed pigs with the corn if you must. Sell the pork to those who want it. If they choose to resell at profit to China then that’s called capitalism. Mexico and Central America are also net importers of corn. There’s another market.

Screwtape
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Suck it up big Ag and farmers. Here’s a thought: use your lands for more profitable crops. Farmers before you did.

Michael
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James, let’s take a moment to reason through your comment. If your last sentence were true, then wouldn’t that also represent an absolute failure of leadership that there are “Obama spies” with access to cabinet level discussions? More likely, this is the result of people (Trump and his people that he appointed) not having a firm understanding of the government they were chosen to run.

James
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Gotta love these anonymous sources of information. Is most likely fake news from former #44’s inside the Government spies.

Michael
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This is what happens when leadership lacks the complex understanding of the American economy required to make policy decisions. Amateur hour continues.

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