Gov. Pete Ricketts praises the Trump Administration for its willingness to hear from and work with governors.
Ricketts recently participated in a White House roundtable discussion of energy policy, one of four governors.
“The first thing I would like to highlight is how this administration is being so forward-thinking in engaging the governors with regard to policy,” Ricketts tells Nebraska reporters. “That never happened in the last administration.”
Ricketts is a Republican as is President Donald Trump.
The Ricketts Administration as well as the previous Heineman Administration had a number of clashes with President Barack Obama’s administration. Obama, a Democrat, promoted policies many Republican governors resisted.
Ricketts says that during the roundtable discussion he emphasized Nebraska’s role as the second leading ethanol-producing state.
“I, in particular, talked about how Nebraska actually contributes 1 ½% to our nation’s fuel supply through ethanol,” Ricketts says. “I don’t think a lot of people would expect that a state like Nebraska would actually be contributing that much. On a per capita basis, we are punching way above our weight.”
Ricketts says Trump is committed to bio-fuels, especially ethanol.
Nebraska currently has requested the Environmental Protection Agency grant it a waiver to experiment with a higher ethanol blended fuel. The state wants to experiment with E-30 in state vehicles.
Another project might place Nebraska on the cutting-edge of energy innovation. Monolith Materials has broken ground on a carbon black factory in Hallam. Carbon black is a black, finely divided pellet or powder used in tires, rubber hoses, inks, even plastic utensils and coffee mugs. The Olive Creek Plant in Hallam will be the first utility-scale hydrogen burning plant in the country.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]