US President Donald Trump supports raising the ethanol content level in gasoline that can be sold year round, delivering a win for farmers ahead of hotly contested midterm elections, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. The decision, which Trump was widely expected to announce at a rally in Iowa later Tuesday, comes down squarely on side of agriculture in a long-running dispute with the oil industry, which has campaigned against allowing so-called E15, or fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol, to be sold during the summer months. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Tuesday the decision meant Trump was delivering on a campaign pledge. "Consumers will have more choices when the fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions," he said in a statement. Trump's rally later Tuesday will be held in the town of Council Bluffs, located in an Iowa congressional district where his trade war -- in which China has slapped painful tariffs on soybean … [Read more...] about In pre-vote boost for farmers, Trump to ease ethanol fuel rules
President Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ease regulations and allow for the sale of gasoline with ethanol year-round, a move aimed to help farmers in Midwestern states. E15, fuel made of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, is already available for sale nine months out of the year, but the hope is that the year-round sale will help farmers who grow corn in states like Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Some of those same farmers are facing the brunt of suppressed prices as a result of the president's tariff disputes. Mr. Trump is expected to tout the change at a rally in Iowa Tuesday night. "We're heading out to Iowa where we have a big statement to make as you know on ethanol and for our farmers," Mr. Trump told reporters before leaving the White House. Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, whose state's top industry is agriculture, said the president's decision is "providing a shot in the arm" to farmers across the country — in a good … [Read more...] about Trump looks to lift restrictions on year-round sale of gasoline with ethanol
The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The veteran Republican lawmaker is the Senate's leading ethanol proponent and sharply criticized the Trump administration's proposed rollback in ethanol volumes earlier this year. At that time Grassley threatened to call for the resignation of the Environmental Protection Agency's chief, Scott Pruitt, if Pruitt did not work to fulfill the federal ethanol mandate. Pruitt later stepped down amid a host of ethics investigations. A … [Read more...] about Trump administration plans to allow sales of gas with higher ethanol blend
READ MORE: US Gasoline Prices Hit Seasonal 4-Year High as Oil Rises, but Demand Falters Environmentalist groups advocate the increased use of ethanol and other fuels made from plants as a measure to reduce carbon emissions that are believed responsible for climate change, according to published reports. © AP Photo / Hasan Jamali‘Demand Hasn’t Materialized’: OPEC Ignores Trump Demands to Drop Price of OilThe carbon dioxide released when ethanol is burned is offset by the carbon dioxide that is absorbed by plants that are used to make the fuel, the US Department of Energy claimed. The American Petroleum Institute is the only US trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry. The Institute says it has more than 600 members, including large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine … [Read more...] about Trump’s Plan to Boost Ethanol in Gasoline Under US Oil Industry Criticism
Popular family cars could soon be incompatible with a new fuel being rolled out across the UK in a government bid to crack down on carbon emissions. E10 fuel can be used to run most modern cars but it's feared that older cars, such as models from the likes of Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen, will not be able to use the biofuel. E10 fuel, being dubbed as the "environmentally friendly" alternative to unleaded and diesel, is already being sold in Germany, Finland and France. Here's everything you need to know about E10 fuel and how it could affect your vehicle: What is E10 fuel? E10 fuel is a biofuel made up of 90% regular unleaded petrol and 10% ethanol. It's produced from the fermentation of plants such as sugar cane, wheat, corn, sorghum and barley. Unlike regular unleaded petrol, ethanol absorbs carbon dioxide, so is therefore thought to offset greenhouse gas emissions. What are the pros and cons of E10 fuel? Unsurprisingly, the main benefit of E10 fuel is that it's supposedly more … [Read more...] about New E10 fuel: Is my car compatible with new eco-fuel? What happens if it isn’t?