Surveys Show Robust Support for Renewable Fuels from Iowa’s First Congressional District Candidates

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IRFA: “It’s encouraging to see such strong, dedicated support for renewable fuels from the congressional candidates of Iowa’s first district”

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released the results of its 2014 Iowa First Congressional District Candidate Renewable Fuels Survey, showing firm support for renewable fuels among the leading candidates. The full results and responses from candidates Rod Blum (R), Gail Boliver (R), Swati Dandekar (D), State Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic (D), State Rep. Pat Murphy (D), Dave O’Brien (D), and Monica Vernon (D) can be found here: http://iowarfa.org/20141stDist.CandidateSurveys.php. Candidate Steve Rathje (R) declined to return the survey, but instead provided a letter, which can be found at the link above.

“It’s encouraging to see such strong, dedicated support for renewable fuels from the congressional candidates of Iowa’s first district,” stated IRFA Policy Director Grant Menke. “Renewable fuels play a vital role in supporting Iowa jobs, improving air quality and boosting the state’s economy, so Iowans deserve to know where all candidates stand on these important issues.”

The IRFA will continue to release candidate survey results for other races at a later date. To view all of the 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.