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Trump Plans Ethanol Boost Amid Farm Belt Voters in Iowa, Sources Say

  • White House officials to meet Friday on year-round E15 sales
  • Oil industry allies warn Trump of political consequences
Views Of Iowa Towns As The Caucus Approaches

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President Donald Trump may tell Iowa voters next week he’ll allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline -- a move that could bolster Midwest Republicans in tough election contests.

Trump could commit to the policy change on E15 fuel that would expand the market for corn-based ethanol during a campaign event near Council Bluffs, Iowa, next Tuesday, according to people familiar with the planning who asked not to be named while negotiations are under way. At the same time, the administration may announce reforms of the market for biofuel compliance credits that are traded by Wall Street banks as a financial commodity.