IRFA to Biden: If you walk away from ethanol, you walk away from Iowa
September 24, 2021
New poll finds 85% of Iowans recognize importance of ethanol for the state
Contact: Cassidy Walter
JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over media reports that his administration intends to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) conventional biofuel levels for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The letter highlighted today’s Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, which found 85% of Iowans recognize that ethanol is important to Iowa’s economy and action to reduce blend levels would be devastating to the state. Renowned pollster J. Ann Selzer described the ethanol support as “a giant majority of Iowans.”
Noting that biofuels support nearly 40,000 jobs in Iowa and the strong bipartisan support, IRFA’s letter stated: “In short, if you walk away from ethanol, you walk away from Iowa.”
IRFA also implored Biden to live up to his campaign promises concerning the RFS by setting strong blend levels.
“During your campaign you said the RFS ‘marks our bond with our farmers and our commitment to a thriving rural economy.’ We are asking you to keep that bond intact by keeping the RFS strong.”
Read the full letter here.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including approximately 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.