Mayors from across the U.S. farm belt Monday condemned oil industry efforts to seize markets from farmers and biofuel producers under the Renewable Fuel Standard. 

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 70 mayors called on the agency to “reject unjustifiable RFS waiver requests and protect rural communities.”  

The letter says the closures of ethanol plants, “is having devastating ripple effects throughout our economy.” 

The mayors say waivers to the oil industry would further damage rural communities. 

The letter was offered in support for America’s biofuel producers, who have seen demand evaporate during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 70 biofuel plants have completely shuttered their doors, and another 70 have significantly cut production amid demand losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor adds that when biofuel production shuts down, “everyone hurts – from farmers and truckers to meatpackers and ranchers that need animal feed and carbon dioxide for refrigeration.”