The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), on December 28, 2011, announced the release of the "Iowans Fueled with Pride" coalition's 2012 Iowa Caucus Voter Guide. The guide outlines the positions of presidential candidates campaigning actively in Iowa on four main issues confronting the ethanol community.
"Thousands of Iowa households have invested their future directly with the ethanol industry, and they are keenly interested in where the candidates who are running for the office of President of the United States stand on the issues, such as the renewable fuels standard, which impacts their jobs and investments," says IRFA president Walt Wendland. "This voter's guide is a highly important tool for Iowa voters who are looking to continue ethanol's role in creating jobs, reducing dependence on foreign oil and cleaning the environment. The Iowans Fueled with Pride coalition worked hard to engage the candidates on these issues and to get the candidates' positions in their own words."
The voter guide highlights the presidential candidates' positions on:
the renewable fuels standard (RFS);
a fair and equitable energy tax policy;
the attempt to ban E15; and,
consumer fueling choice.
"We were pleased that four candidates had a pro-ethanol position on all four issues," says Wendland. "Iowa voters can review the results and draw their own conclusions. But it is important to understand that renewable fuels are driving Iowa's ag economy, which is in turn driving Iowa's overall economy. If Iowans want a healthy and growing economy, then we need a healthy and growing ethanol industry – and public policy is the key."
The guide is being mailed to approximately 10,000 Iowa households that are employed by or directly invested in Iowa ethanol refineries. The guide will also be promoted to all of Iowa's 250,000 agricultural households via email, the Internet and social media. An electronic version of the guide can be viewed at: www.IowansFueledwithPride.com.
Iowans Fueled with Pride is a coalition of Iowa renewable fuels producers committed to providing accurate and current information to the public, elected officials and candidates for office. Further, they work to foster an open and comprehensive debate about the future of U.S. energy policy. The coalition does not endorse candidates for office.
Walt Wendland is the CEO of Golden Grain Energy near Mason City, Iowa and Homeland Energy Solutions near Lawler, Iowa. He is currently serving his second term as president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually.