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MADISON, Wis. -- An association representing oil refineries launched a television ad in four swing states Monday criticizing President Donald Trump's moves to expand the use of ethanol in gasoline.

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers' 30-second spot will run statewide through July in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. The group didn't immediately say how much it was spending on the buy.

The ad claims that Trump promised a "win-win energy policy for all Americans. But for small refineries, unchecked ethanol mandates are job killers, hurting the backbone of our manufacturing economy."

The ad underscores how Trump's administration has found itself caught between the oil industry and corn growers, two key flanks of Trump's base.

For more than a decade, federal law has mandated that oil refineries mix ethanol into their fuel. The Trump administration's former Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, had angered lawmakers, growers and ethanol processors by granting exemptions sparing refineries from that mandate.

Business on 07/09/2019

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