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Without a grand deal, Trump tries to dodge ethanol question
« on: September 07, 2020, 07:26:20 AM »
Houston Chronicle by  James Osborne Sep. 4, 2020

Upon entering the White House almost four years ago, President Donald Trump promised to employ his self-declared dealmaker's acumen in cutting a deal to end the yearslong conflict between corn farmers and oil refiners over federal ethanol mandates.

But bridging that divide has proved far more difficult than Trump seemed to initially estimate. And with the election just two months away, all signs are Trump is trying to push back a decision on the how much ethanol to blend into the nation’s gasoline supply until after the ballots are cast, so as not to alienate voters in battleground states — whether its oil and gas workers in Pennsylvania and Texas or corn farmers in the Midwest.

That has left both sides obviously frustrated, with one consultant to refining interests in Washington complaining privately this week, “the administration is waffling back and forth.”

“We were told we were getting this and then it was that,” they said. “They were going to solve this and then they weren’t.”


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