Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

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"I told him that EPA's attacks on ethanol don't just hurt ethanol plants, they hurt farmers, rural communities and American consumers who benefit from ethanol with lower prices and cleaner air", said McCauley.

State Rep. Kent Peterson, R-Salem, said the state's hard work to lead the way in biofuel production should not be slowed by bureaucrats in Washington.

"There seems to be no bottom to this ethics catastrophe with Scott Pruitt".

Also speaking Wednesday was Republican Congressional candidate Dusty Johnson, who won the primary election convincingly last week. "So, you know, we could - that might be a good swap".

Inhofe - who said he's a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general - said on the Ingraham's program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt "100 percent".

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Renew Kansas President and CEO Ron Seeber noted, "Administrator Pruitt learned, without a doubt, that the industry is frustrated". "But we have to ask you why can't you put that same freedom-loving approach to bear on E15?" They criticized him for granting waivers to oil producers that allow them to ignore ethanol-blending rules. On Wednesday, Grassley remarked at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, "Pruitt is ill-serving the president". Earlier Wednesday, the Post reported that Pruitt had a top aide contact Republican donors to help look for jobs for his wife Marlyn. A spokesman for JCN confirmed to the paper that Marlyn Pruitt was hired as a contractor via Leo and left the organization earlier this year.

Later in the day, the Oklahoman's support dwindled from one his allies, U.S. Sen.

"All these things that are coming out are really not good things", Inhofe said in the interview.

"I think something needs to happen to change that", he told Ingraham.

In the interview, Ingraham said she was already at her breaking point with Pruitt and argued his "bad judgment" was hurting Trump and conflicting with the President's "drain the swamp" message.

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Even if not, it appears to be the end of the line for at least one Trump administration true believer.

He suggested it may be time for Pruitt go.

Pruitt faces somewhere around a dozen investigations into things like first-class travel costs and relationships with lobbyists, and it was recently reported Pruitt used his office to try to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise in Tulsa.

The EPA typically does not disclose Pruitt's whereabouts, and did not publicize Pruitt's trip to South Dakota on Wednesday until a tweet from shortly after 3 p.m. from Pruitt's official account.

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