Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Cesar Mills
June 17, 2018

"I have taken the position that if that doesn't stop, I am going to ... be in a position where I am going to be forced to say 'Scott you are not doing your job.' ..."

The JCN has donated millions of dollars to political organizations associated with Pruitt since 2013, the Post reported.

Marlyn Pruitt landed a job past year at the Judicial Crisis Network after her resume was received by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, which the Post said has financial ties to the JCN.

On Wednesday, Grassley remarked at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, "Pruitt is ill-serving the president", the Post reported.

Shaub, who headed the ethics office under President Barack Obama, said there was nothing partisan about his criticism of Pruitt. "But the same could be said of many other people, including Andrew Wheeler, the agency's deputy administrator, who would become acting administrator upon a vacancy in the top job", the editorial said. Tom Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

When asked whether EPA has the authority to repeal the finding, Pruitt said Congress has never acted on the issue or spoken on it.

Several farmers were not satisfied with this explanation, and one suggested that if the formulas used by the DOE were hurting farmers, maybe those formulas should be revisited.

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Farmers and ethanol producers in South Dakota held a good old fashioned tractor rally in Sioux Falls as Administrator Pruitt met with farmers in Reliance about 200 miles west. "Corn prices right now are at breakeven or below and we've lost 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol to exemptions that EPA has granted to refiners", said South Dakota Corn Growers president Troy Knecht.

The comment from Ingraham, who in an email declined to elaborate further, could spell bad news for Pruitt.

"They upset me as much as they upset you, and I think something needs to happen to change that", Inhofe said.

Pruitt was also under fire this week by a conservative nonprofit group from Iowa, which created a 30-second television ad this week and said "for the good of the country, Pruitt must go".

Conservative groups have begun targeting Pruitt. "And he should be replaced".

Pruitt has faced a number of controversies involving ethical standards and spending of taxpayer money.

Wheeler, whom Inhofe floated as a potential replacement for Pruitt, was confirmed to his position in April and previously worked in Inhofe's office and as a lobbyist.

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