President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. Pruitt is a vocal critic of EPA overreach as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires biofuels to be put into the fuel system.
Monte Shaw, Executive Director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says it's a mixed bag for rural America. Farmers like that Pruitt is against EPA overreach in the Waters of the U.S. rule but Shaw says he's also against a big part of Midwest rural economy in renewable fuels.
But he says at least the President is pro-Renewable Fuel Standard, "Decisions ultimately are made at the White House. They're the ones who set the policy. And it's up to the department heads and people in the departments to implement that policy and so we do think that, we have no reason to believe that President-Elect Trump isn't going to follow through on his campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard. To expand it and to keep an eye on rural America."