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Trends Underlying Biofuel Use

With the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of the farm bill tomorrow morning, a number of amendments are being prepared. This includes one from Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) that would legislatively mandate a waiver for summertime use of E15. President Trump has already pledged to approve E15, but Fischer is up for re-election, so a little gilding of the political lily is to be expected. Outside of the debate about how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be administered (e.g., small refinery waivers, export Renewable Identification Numbers or RINs, volume obligations, E15) are the broader fuel market trends moving forward. When the statutory levels for biofuels were set in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EI...

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