The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association last week unveiled a new landing page on the Internet that highlights the stances of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on renewable fuels. New information will be added as the 2012 presidential campaign progresses.
"Iowa is the nation's leading producer of both ethanol and biodiesel, so it's not surprising that more than 10,000 Iowa families are directly employed by or invested in the renewable fuels industry," says Brad Albin, president of IRFA. "Those 10,000 families, along with tens of thousands more involved in agriculture, will play a crucial role in the upcoming presidential election. IRFA will ensure voters have complete, accurate information about each candidate's plan for renewable fuels before they vote."
What do presidential candidates really think about ethanol and biodiesel?
A link to IRFA's new landing page can be found on its homepage. The IRFA 2012 Presidential Election Web page features several comments from each candidate on renewable fuels and energy policy, as well as links to videos where you can watch each candidate discuss ethanol and biodiesel.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually and one new facility under construction. IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For information, visit the IRFA website.
Candidate Mitt Romney shows support for RFS during farm event in Iowa
IRFA sent out a press release last week thanking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for highlighting his support for the Renewable Fuels Standard in his "Agricultural Prosperity" white paper released at a campaign event in Van Meter, Iowa.
In its energy independence section, the white paper states: "Romney recognizes that biofuels are crucial to America's energy future and to achieving his goal of energy independence, and he supports maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard to guarantee producers the market access they have been promised as they continue to move forward."
Romney tells IRFA board members: "I do support the RFS and ethanol."
After speaking to a large crowd at the Koch family farm near Van Meter, IRFA president Brad Albin, along with IRFA board member Walt Wendland, had a chance to visit briefly with Romney while shaking hands. After thanking Gov. Romney for supporting the RFS, Romney responded: "I do support the RFS and ethanol."
Albin is vice president of manufacturing for Renewable Energy Group, a leading producer of biodiesel, headquartered in Ames. Wendland is CEO of Golden Grain Energy, an ethanol production plant at Mason City.
Video of the exchange can be found on the IRFA You Tube page. To see what both Presidential candidates have been saying about renewable fuels and energy policy go to the IRFA 2012 Presidential Election Web page. The page features several comments from each candidate on renewable fuels and energy policy, as well as links to videos where you can watch each candidate discuss ethanol and biodiesel.