With a new Commander in Chief officially sworn into office, much of the news this week surrounded President Trump and his nominees to various Cabinet positions. In this week’s news roundup, we take a look at a couple stories that may give us a glimpse into the bioenergy future of the next four years.

Poll: 8 in 10 Trump battleground state voters support ethanol

A new survey shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol.

The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota found that more than eight in 10 respondents agree with the President’s vocal support for ethanol and believe the homegrown biofuel is vital to American jobs and energy security.

According to the poll, 83% of Midwestern Trump voters agreed with the President’s campaign promise to promote the addition of more homegrown ethanol in America’s fuel supply.

Voters overwhelmingly indicated their support for the fuel based on its importance to energy security and American jobs. 85% of respondents said ethanol was important to U.S. energy security and 88% indicated that ethanol was important to creating American jobs

Read more about the survey at Biofuels Digest.

Trump EPA pick says he backs biofuels program

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says he would honor the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) but remained open to tweaking it.

The RFS requires the EPA to set annual quotas for the use of ethanol and biodiesel in transportation fuels.

Pruitt said during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he was committed to Congress’ plan, laid out in 2007, to annually increase the amount of ethanol and other renewables blended with petroleum fuels. He said the waivers that EPA has already used to set requirements below those targets to accommodate market conditions should be used “judiciously.”

Renewable Fuels Association Chief Executive Officer and President Bob Dinneen described Pruitt’s comments as “heartening” in a statement.

Read more about the confirmation hearing at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.