North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) praised President Trump for his recent comments supporting ethanol and the renewable fuels industry.

“In a time of excess supply and less demand, it’s reassuring to hear the newly elected president support ethanol,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “Ethanol drives the demand for corn, and corn helps increase commodity prices.”

“Rest assured that your president and this administration value the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence,” Trump wrote in a letter to attendees of the National Ethanol Conference that was released on Tuesday. “As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America’s energy strategy.”

President Trump also said he was committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses and reform regulations that impede growth, increase consumer costs, and eliminate good-paying jobs without providing sufficient environmental or public health benefit.

Watne said EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act has restricted the sale of mid-level high-octane fuel such as E30. “National energy labs have demonstrated that high-octane blends do not impair performance in non-flex fuel or standard vehicles. The use of E30 would actually reduce harmful emissions more effectively than E10,” he said.