(Neb)-Trumps Lands In Omaha, Signs E15 Expansion Order In Council Bluffs
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - President Trump visited an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, yesterday to sign an executive order allowing the year-round use of E15, gasoline with 15% ethanol instead of the usual 10%,
The EPA had banned the summer sale of E15 because of concerns that it leads to smog, but the Trump administration says E15's impact on air quality is similar to that of E10.
Corn farmers are hoping the rule change will increase its use and also help farmers suffering from the U.S. trade war with China.
U-S Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa flew with President Trump from Washington aboard Air Force One, which landed at Omaha's Offutt AFB for the Council Bluffs stop.
Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts, his Iowa counterpart Kim Reynolds, and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert joined the President after his arrival to disembark.
Mr Trump reminded an invited audience at the ethanol plant that as a candidate 3 years ago, he pledged to protect the ethanol industry and fight for farmers, with his new order on E15 fuel carrying through on that promise.
The president invited a few farmers from the area up to the podium to talk about how the year-round availability of E15 will impact them.
After his final remarks, Trump signed documents putting the new E15 rules into effect and then headed to Des Moines to attend a political fundraiser in the Iowa capital.
Gov Ricketts issued a statement praising the E15 order, calling it a win for Nebraska farmers, while Senator Fischer released a similar statement thanking the President for the order because it will create economic opportunities for hardworking men and women in Nebraska and across rural America.
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