As mentioned in an earlier article, last night’s Iowa Caucus results trumpeted a big victory for renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Both former Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum expressed their support for the federal renewable fuels standard while campaigning in Iowa. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is happy with the results. Both candidates were 4-for-4 on ethanol issues according to the Iowans Fueled With Pride Iowa Caucus Voter Guide.
“Despite scant attention on agriculture issues by the national media, both Governor Romney and Senator Santorum prioritized rural and ag issues,” said IRFA Past President Walt Wendland, who is the CEO of Golden Grain Energy near Mason City, Iowa and Homeland Energy Solutions near Lawler, Iowa. “It came as no surprise to us that friends of ethanol fared well in the Iowa Caucus. The nation needs an energy policy that recognizes the importance of domestic renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the fourth place finisher, is also a strong supporter of ethanol and biodiesel while the bottom two vote getters, Representative Michele Bachmann and Governor Rick Perry, refused to support the renewable fuels standard.
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.