Midwest Senators representing ethanol producing states will meet with Scott Pruitt Thursday to discuss biofuels in the Trump administration. President-elect Donald Trump recently nominated Pruitt to become his Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Ethanol proponents have voiced some concern that Pruitt may not be supportive of biofuels. Pruitt currently serves as the attorney general for Oklahoma, one of the nation’s biggest oil, natural gas, and grain producing states. In 2014, the New York Times reported he and other Republican attorneys general had formed an “unprecedented, secretive alliance” with the energy industry. However, Trump’s pick for ambassador to China, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, recently said Pruitt would be supportive of biofuels.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley will host the meeting in his office. Senate members joining the meeting include Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, South Dakota Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds, Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, and Nebraska Republican Deb Fisher.
Source: NAFB News Service