Renewable Fuel Standard Advocate Bob Dinneen Says No Changes Came Out of White House Meetings on the RFS- and That Was the Right Outcome for Farmers and ConsumersSun, 04 Mar 2018 16:14:44 CST
During the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. this week, it was announced that Bill Northey’s confirmation as USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation was released from it's Senate Hold and then quickly approved by the full US Senate - a process that has been held up for some time now by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in an attempt to negotiate terms on the RFS in a move to support oil refiners. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association for his reaction on this development in Washington- and on all of the related meetings. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story.
“About time… and thank goodness,” Dinneen said in reaction to Northey’s Senate confirmation. “Bill Northey is only, in my view, the best state Secretary of Agriculture in the country. He has knowledge of the issues. He has passion for the farmers. His commitment to value added markets is second to none and he is going to do a great job at USDA.”
Dinneen went on to argue that Cruz took advantage of a “Byzantine rule in the Senate” to hold up the nomination on a matter completely unrelated to the individual, and says the Senator committed an injustice against Northey. As it relates to the RFS and the renewable fuels community, DInneen says he expects little to come of Cruz’s failed attempt to pressure changes to the RFS. Ultimately, he says the consumer will win.
Senator Cruz was a part of a meeting at the White House where the Renewable Fuel Standard was dicussed- and Dinneen tells Horn that while the Texas Senator would dearly like to do harm to the RFS-nothing of the sort came out of the meeting- and that frankly "Washington did what Washington is good at in kicking the can down the road on the Renewable Fuel Standard."
Dinneen says leaving the RFS alone is the right thing to do. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been a tremendous success. It has reduced our dependence on oil, it has reduced air pollution in our nation’s cities, it has revitalized rural economies from coast to coast and most importantly it has reduced the consumer price for gasoline. Moving backwards on that program makes no sense. The President’s continued support for it has been much appreciated not just from farmers who need that value-added market but also from consumers that appreciate that relief at the pump.”
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