Editorial

Will RFS promise be broken?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

During the Republican primary, Donald Trump spoke out in favor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, which was first passed into law with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The RFS established quotas of renewable fuels that had to be blended into the fuel supply, and an enforcement mechanism to ensure those quotas were met.

The Environmental Protection Agency oversees enforcement of the program. Trumpís nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is Scott Pruitt, who has been an outspoken critic of the RFS in the past. Trump has selected individuals with financial ties to oil to head the State Department and Commerce Department. Also, Trump himself has financial interest in oil. Those with financial ties to oil usually oppose use of renewable fuels.

That doesnít necessarily mean that Trump has abandoned his support for RFS, but he needs to feel pressure to keep the promise he made during the campaign.