Theresa Greenfield for Iowa campaign spokesperson Izzi Levy released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement on gap-year waivers:
“Fifty days before Election Day, this announcement does nothing to erase the massive economic damage in Iowa caused by Senator Ernst’s vote for a fossil fuel lobbyist to run the EPA, which has already issued 85 RFS waivers that benefit Ernst’s Big Oil donors. Theresa has spent nearly three months calling for EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s resignation over his ongoing attempts to undermine the RFS, and holding Senator Ernst accountable for her disastrous vote to confirm this fossil fuel lobbyist whose reckless anti-ethanol agenda has inflicted so much pain on Iowa farmers. Ernst’s failure to fight for our farmers, while putting her Big Oil donors first, is a key part of why she’s one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, and Iowans aren’t falling for this desperate attempt to prop her up.”
Businesswoman and farm kid Theresa Greenfield has consistently held Senator Ernst accountable for her vote to confirm Wheeler to lead the EPA despite his “explicit promises” to continue granting the small refinery waivers that have devastated Iowa’s farm economy.
Ernst has now accepted nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from Big Oil, including thousands from one of the largest oil refiners in the country that was recently revealed to be “skirting a renewable fuels law.”