Missouri Governor Signs RFS Letter to President Trump

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens today affirmed his support of soybean farmers and renewable fuels, joining Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard in a letter to President Trump addressing EPA-proposed reductions to biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“For the EPA administrator to suggest cutting RFS volumes for the only advanced biofuel available in the marketplace runs directly contrary to the commitments President Trump made the American Farmers and the rural communities that elected him,” Gary Wheeler, CEO and executive director of the Missouri Soybean Association said. “We’re proud to see our Governor, Gov. Eric Greitens stand up for Missouri agriculture, Missouri families and small businesses. Missouri is a top state for biodiesel production and it’s good to have leadership showing their commitment to our communities.”

The EPA is charged with protecting human health and the environment, making cutting volumes of biodiesel, the renewable fuel that reduces greenhouse gases by 86 percent, emissions by 67 percent and particulate matter by 47 percent compared to petroleum-based diesel especially contrarian. The impact is even greater when economic impact is considered, as biodiesel supports more than 2,500 Missouri jobs directly. Including indirectly related jobs grows that number to 6,400. Soybean production and processing contributes 20,700 jobs to Missouri’s economy.