Anyone else notice anything strange about Trump’s cabinet appointment process? There is only one secretary level cabinet appointment left: Secretary Of Agriculture. Why is SOA the last appointment? Is there some controversy within the new administration already?
Remember, Trump campaigned in the heartland, pandering to the corn state voters, promising he would not repeal the RFS.
But he has packed his cabinet with Big Oil stooges: Pruitt at EPA, Perry at DOE and Tillerson at State, all opponents of government mandated ethanol blending. Ironically, Pruitt at EPA has challenged the RFS in past legal battles with the EPA. These appointments do not bode well for the ethanol mandate. And when you consider that Trump has no qualms about lying to voters, I’m wondering if this is why the Trump team can’t find the right candidate at Agriculture. Who wants to be known as the Ag Secretary who couldn’t protect the RFS? Especially after Trump promised it wouldn’t be touched. Of course, he also promised that Medicare and Social Security were sacred, yet House Speaker Ryan is already gleefully wringing his hands to introduce the bill to privatize Medicare. As a retiree on Medicare, I doubt anything is sacred in his administration.
Considering some of his other picks, I believe they are searching for some clueless billionaire who is totally unqualified to run a cabinet level department and knows nothing about agriculture. They’ve certainly done that with a number of other departments. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, you are probably one of the Gullibles who couldn’t tell when candidate Trump was lying to you, so you voted for him. Hint: it was when his lips were moving.
For those of you who believe that Congress won’t repeal the RFS, consider this. Many in Congress don’t believe you should be forced to buy medical insurance if you don’t want it. Let the market decide, they say. So why should they believe you should be forced to buy gasoline laced with ethanol if you don’t want it. Shouldn’t the market decide?
Update 01/04/2017: Trump’s cabinet is still: Big Oil 3 – Big Ag 0
Update 02/17/2017: Anyone getting nervous out there in the Corn Belt?
Southerner, Sonny Perdue, Veterinarian, nominated for Secretary of Ag
Big Oil confirmed at Department Of Energy: Rick Perry; vowed to abolish EPA, anti RFS
Big Oil confirmed at Department Of State: Rex Tillerson
Big Oil confirmed at Environmental Protection Agency today: vowed to abolish EPA, anti RFS
Bill to terminate EPA (H.R. 861) introduced in Congress 02/03/2017.