Gov. Abbott Calls for Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver: Politico

December 4, 2017


With a Thursday meeting scheduled between President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and some other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally is asking for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“The time is ripe for EPA to grant substantive relief from the unique, adverse impacts the RFS program is having on the state of Texas,” he wrote in a letter to the EPA Friday, Politico reports.

“The extreme, detrimental impacts on large portions of the refining sector have now placed unacceptable burdens on the Texas economy and the economy and security of the nation as a whole.”

Abbott, in particular, cited high RIN prices as causing hardship to refiners across the state.