Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds met with President Trump at an energy conference in Washington, D.C. today to tout Iowa's renewable energy credentials a few days after Trump bashed wind energy in a visit to Iowa.

The odd juxtaposition drew attention to a deep rift between Trump and even his Republican allies in Iowa on renewable energy. The Des Moines Register reported last week that Sen. Charles Grassley still insists that Trump will succeed in his work to end the production tax credit for wind energy "over my dead body."

In Cedar Rapids June 21, Trump talked about his love of coal and added: "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories...as the birds fall to the ground," The Register reported. He appeared to be discussing the variability of wind and bird mortality at the turbines — a relatively minor problem in Iowa, numerous studies have shown.

Today, Reynolds told the president that Iowa has a "solid track record of smart investments in a diversified energy portfolio," according to a news release. "We invested early in biofuels and tapped Iowa's richest natural resource – our fields. Now, we lead the industry."

"Iowa became a national leader in wind-energy generation through early investments," Reynolds added. " Iowans reap the benefits with some of the lowest electric rates in the nation."

"We want to take our renewable generation to the next level by converting Iowa's abundant biomass resources (animal waste, farming byproducts, industrial waste) into energy," Reynolds added.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Reynolds didn't make a direct reference to Trump's comments last week. For months before he left office, Gov. Terry Branstad had assured Iowans that Trump favored renewable energy, including ethanol, despite Energy Secretary Rick Perry's criticism of that industry. 

"I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to work with states, along with his removal of unnecessary, burdensome federal regulations that stifle state ingenuity in the energy sector," Reynolds said.