The president of the Renewable Fuels Association took a line from the new president of the United States at the 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Tuesday, encouraging the industry to “make ethanol great again.”
“I believe we are on the cusp of making ethanol great again,” said RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen, who added that support for ethanol has been undermined for the last eight years by an administration mostly unwilling to fight for biofuels, with the notable exception of Tom Vilsack “absolutely the best secretary of agriculture for farmers and biofuels that there has ever been.”
“Unfortunately he became a lonely voice in an administration that didn’t necessarily get it…the rest of the administration kept us stuck in neutral,” Dinneen said.
Ever the optimist, Dinneen is enthusiastic about the future of ethanol with the new presidential administration. “You have a president who supports the RFS,” he said. “And you have a president who has an America first agenda.”