“Ignore rural America at your peril”: Santorum on revived hopes for robust Renewable Fuel Standard

In Minnesota, former US senator and renewable fuels advocate Rick Santorum writes in  Inside Sources that “Diving deeper into this year’s striking election results, there’s one trend that nearly all the analysts agree on, at least in hindsight. Candidates ignore rural America at their peril.”

Santorum added that rural voters will expect positive action on regional priorities like the Renewable Fuel Standard.  If Trump hopes to keep his promise to Make (Rural) America Great Again, he will need to pursue an aggressive rural agenda to revitalize communities throughout the Rust Belt and into the heartland.

Unlike some candidates, Trump did not stop visiting the heartland after the primary season. He never minced words with his support for rural America’s needs.  For instance, the Renewable Fuel Standard, which Trump championed from the Iowa Caucus to the General Election, helped liberate farmers from over-reliance on federal assistance, creating a stable agricultural market by giving homegrown biofuels like ethanol a chance to compete against oil.”

“Trump has a difficult challenge ahead. He must capitalize on the expertise of Washington veterans without allowing establishment voices to drown out the voice of rural America that propelled him to office. The Renewable Fuel Standard is a perfect example, and his steadfast support promises to win him enduring loyalty from a population of voters who have too often been neglected by career politicians.”

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