Working on the Night Moves: Cruz RINs Cap Plan Struck Down in Wee Hours Friday

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired back at Cruz.

“Can you imagine the free-market person Sen. Cruz is wanting the government to set prices,” Grassley said.

“This is dirty big oil versus clean ethanol. And for the benefit of people on the other side of the aisle, I had conversations with Mr. Regan (EPA administrator nominee Michael Regan) this week and he said that our president is for ethanol.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said capping RINs prices would hurt biofuels and agriculture.

“This amendment is a direct attack on the Midwest and America’s hundreds of thousands of farmers,” she said during the debate.

“Capping the prices of biofuels credits at 10 cents per gallon would stifle the RIN market and would stifle the Renewable Fuel Standard program. When my good friend the senator from Texas last proposed this RIN cap in 2017 and 2018 it was opposed by the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, and the American Farm Bureau to name just a few.

“Now, farmers get up pretty early in the morning. But even tonight, I didn’t bother to call any of these associations to get their response.”


In 2017, Cruz floated a proposal to the White House to cap RINs prices at 10 cents.

Part of Cruz’s proposal in 2017 was to use the proceeds from 10-cent RINs to help pay for renewable-fuel blending infrastructure, tied to an existing program such as the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership or a similar fund.

“Sen. Cruz and his oil state cronies have tried to cap RIN prices and undermine the RFS many times in the past, but the rest of the Senate clearly understands that weakening the RFS would destroy jobs, increase emissions, and raise gas prices at the pump,” Renewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cooper, said in a statement.

“The resounding defeat of the RIN cap amendment by the full Senate should be a clear sign to Sen. Cruz that it’s time to give up on his foolish and reckless campaign against the RFS.”

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, “We are grateful to Sens. Duckworth and Grassley — and all of our biofuels champions and those who opposed this in the Senate — for defeating Sen. Cruz’s midnight-hour attempt to gut the RFS and destroy markets for hard-pressed farmers and producers across rural America. It has been proven time and again that RIN prices do not threaten refiner profits, but that’s not why oil companies are back to pushing these tired gimmicks. They see that this change in administration signals an end to their free pass on blending biofuels.”

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