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Icahn sees doubts about ethanol mandate among Trump's advisers

Carl Icahn, billionaire and adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump, has said that others on Trump's team share his critical stance on US regulations passed in November mandating record biofuel use.

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Billionaire Carl Icahn, a special adviser to Donald Trump and a skeptic of the US ethanol mandate, said there are others on the president-elect's team who have even deeper criticisms of the program.

Icahn repeated criticism of the credit trading program that regulators and refiners use to track compliance with federal biofuel consumption quotas. While he has not expressed opposition to renewable fuel use, "there are people on the Trump team that believe ethanol itself does very little" in helping the environment, Icahn said Tuesday in a telephone interview, while declining to provide further details.

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