ACE plans webinar to discuss new administration, Congress

By Susanne Retka Schill | December 26, 2016

The American Coalition for Ethanol is planning a Jan. 18 webinar to discuss how to advance ethanol’s policy priorities in the incoming Trump administration and 115th Congress.

Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president, and Jonathon Lehman, legislative counsel, will lead the discussion.

ACE issued a call-to-action Dec. 14, urging ethanol supporters to contact their senate delegation about the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. EPA. “We encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to secure commitments from Mr. Pruitt to remove regulatory restrictions on the use of E15 and flex fuels and to publicly agree with President-elect Trump’s position in support of the U.S. ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before agreeing to cast affirmative votes for Pruitt during the confirmation process,” ACE said in the call-to-action.

“While President-elect Trump enthusiastically campaigned in support of ethanol, as the Oklahoma Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt filed a friend of the court brief in support of a lawsuit by the American Petroleum Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association to overturn EPA’s approval of E15 for 2001 model-year and newer vehicles. Moreover, Mr. Pruitt has called the RFS unworkable.”

Since then, the Trump transition team announced billionaire investor Carl Icahn would be a special advisor to help overhaul federal regulations. In reporting the appointment, Bloomberg News said, “Icahn has attacked the EPA repeatedly over costs his refinery investments face complying with renewable-fuel mandates. Icahn cheered the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, saying Trump consulted him on the pick.”

The Jan. 18 webinar starts at 1 p.m. central time. To register for the one-hour webinar click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.