Support and Silence for Renewable Fuels Among Iowa’s Third Congressional District Candidates

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IRFA: “The more than ten thousand Iowans rooted in Iowa’s renewable fuels community deserve to know where all the candidates stand on important renewable fuels issues.”

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released the results of its 2014 Iowa Third Congressional District Candidate Renewable Fuels Survey, revealing that while many candidates have stated their support renewable fuels, many also decided not to participate in the IRFA survey. The full results and responses from candidates Staci Appel (D), Joe Grandanette (R), Monte Shaw (R), and David Young (R) can be found here: http://iowarfa.org/20143rdDist.CandidateSurveys.php. Candidates State Senator Brad Zaun (R) and Robert Cramer (R) declined to return the survey. Candidate Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) declined to return the survey, but instead provided a letter, which can be found at the link above.

“While it’s encouraging to see firm support for renewable fuels from most third district candidates, it’s disappointing that some chose not to respond,” stated IRFA Policy Director Grant Menke. “The more than ten thousand Iowans rooted in Iowa’s renewable fuels community deserve to know where all the candidates stand on important renewable fuels issues.”

To view all of the federal candidate survey results, please visit the 2014 Iowa Renewable Fuels Candidate Survey Results homepage at: http://iowarfa.org/2014CandidateSurveys.php.

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.