Steve King: Oil Industry Has President Trump’s Ear

Steve King criticized the Trump Administration Monday afternoon on their pro-oil industry stances, saying even former Chief of Staff John Kelly had “petroleum lobby” talking points taken to heart in past meetings.

Farmers were questioning King at a Northwest Iowa town hall on why Donald Trump approved 31 waivers allowing refiners to forgo ethanol blending requirements outlined in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

King said President Donald Trump asked him once in the White House whether ethanol ruins engines — a popular talking point among oil executives.

Mike Mart, an Estherville farmer, asked King why Washington politicians don’t seem to understand ethanol does not cause financial harm to the oil industry.

“You guys explain that in Washington,” said Mart, in Palo Alto County. “That there is no hardship whatsoever taking $1.40 [ethanol] and blending it with their $2.50 a gallon and charging $2.50 for the whole thing … I’ve never seen anybody who talks about that in Washington, that there’s no hardship whatsoever … Am I wrong?”

“No, I agree with you,” King replied. “But I would just say I don’t bring up the topic a lot in the House because I’m surrounded by those people that are fine-tuned by the dream team petroleum lobby. There’s a tape someplace I’ve got of me fighting off a whole cluster of them that are making these arguments — it ruins my chainsaw, my boat motor, my weed eater, and my lawnmower. It ruins my car engine. I’ve had these arguments come at me in the Oval Office from then-Chief of Staff John Kelly.”

Kelly left the Trump White House in December 2018. Kelly reportedly said working for Trump was the worst job he ever had.

“I know when he says that the petroleum lobby is in there telling Donald Trump that,” King said. “Even President Trump, he will ask you questions just to test you. You can’t always tell by the question he asks what his convictions are, his decision, but he said back to me when Kelly was jamming this in, he said: ‘Well, doesn’t this ruin your engine?’ And I said, it doesn’t ruin mine and it’s been in everything I’ve had as soon as it was available.”

 

By Paige Godden
Posted 9/16/19

1 Comment on "Steve King: Oil Industry Has President Trump’s Ear"

  • Donald Trump’s problem is that he continually listens to the wrong people regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Oil Lobby and the Oil Bias EPA.

    If you want clear air you need to listen people who are interested in telling the truth, you won’t find truth at the EPA or the Oil Lobby.

    President Trump unleashed the EPA to carry out their 30+ year, Oil Bias War against Biofuels and now he is reaping its reward.

    EPA broke the RFS Law and wrote Excessive Refinery Waivers to their “Favored Oil Industry,” then lied about it saying “their hands were tied.” Then they broke the RFS Law again by not Reallocating any of their Waivers back to the larger Billion Dollar Refining Industry, effectively stealing 4.3 Billion Gallons out of the RFS Biofuel Mandates by their actions. Then they Lied About it again by say their actions “have not diminished Biofuel Demand.”

    EPA’s Biofuels Testing basically concludes that if you put clean water into dirty water, the dirty water gets dirtier! (How Nice!) That’s the conclusion of the EPA / Oil Industry “Match Blending Testing” of Ethanol Blended Fuels. It is totally Inaccurate.

    Then EPA puts their Flawed “Match Blending” result into their Flawed MOVES Model, for predicting Mobile Emissions to further restrict increased Biofuel Use in the fuel supply.

    President Trump needs to Clean House at the EPA and Clear Out all the Oil Company “plants” working there, skewing the EPA’s Regulations in favor of the Oil Industry and against the welfare of every American.

    EPA’s Lies even go beyond our shores as other Countries like Mexico use the EPA’s Flawed MOVES Model to also consider Biofuels as “dirty,” further restricting their use.

    President Trump wonders why he has a Problem, and Big Oil Smiles all the way to the Bank.

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