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Trump says ethanol key to 'complete American energy independence'

Growth Energy says it "could not agree more" with Trump on the biofuel.

Expected Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the ethanol issue as a cudgel against Ted Cruz in the primary campaign. Now that the general election is shaping up, we can (hopefully) take a closer look at what Trump might want to do regarding energy and transportation. Maybe. Trump has said that his plan will lead to " complete American energy independence," because of course he did.

In a speech on energy this week, Trump listed a few items he'd like to enact if he is elected to the White House. According to Politico, that includes repealing President Obama's climate regulations and an EPA rule on water, gaining independence from OPEC oil, and "canceling" the COP21 agreement made in Paris last year that is meant to slow down global warming. Trump also said he wants to "remove obstacles" to increased oil and gas development in the US.

Growth Energy, a group that calls itself "America's Ethanol Supporters," issued a statement that applauded Trump for supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol in general. Growth Energy also notes that both Trump and Hilary Clinton support the RFS. But let's just say not everyone was impressed by Trump's speech, as this tweet from professor Lawrence M. Krauss shows:
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Growth Energy Applauds Trump for Standing by Commitment to Support the RFS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Responding to a speech on energy policy by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:

"In January, Mr. Trump said that he supports the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and ethanol because 'energy independence is a requirement if America is to become great again.' We could not agree more. It is vital that Mr. Trump stay true to his principles on ethanol because the RFS is our country's most successful energy policy.

"His announcement today that he would meet with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad about ensuring a strong RFS past 2022 is great news. The RFS protects affordable options for consumers at the pump, it reduces emissions, and without it, we would increase our dependence on foreign oil from countries like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

"Given both leading candidates for President support the RFS, we're confident that America's next president will earn the votes of renewable fuel supporters in North Dakota and across the country."

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