Romney Backs Renewable Fuel Standard

By Dave DeWitte, Reporter

Supporters wave flags as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at the Koch Family Farm, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Van Meter, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


By KCRG Intern

VAN METER, Iowa - The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Tuesday thanked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for affirming his support for the Renewable Fuels Standard during a campaign stop in Van Meter.

The Renewable Fuels standard provides a floor of demand for ethanol, which has been one of Iowa's fastest growing industries in the past decade.

Romney's Agricultural Prosperity white paper, released during the Van Meter stop, said "Romney recognizes that biofuels are crucial to America's energy future and to achieving his goal of energy independence, and he supports maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard to guarantee producers the market access they have been promised as they continue to move forward."

Romney met with Iowa Renewable Fuels Association President Brad Albin and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Board Member Walt Wendland briefly during his Van Meter stop, the association said, expressing his support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Wendland is the CEO of Golden Grain Ethanol near Mason City and Homeland Energy Solutions of Lawler. Albin is vice president of manufacturing for the Renewable Energy Group.

President Barack Obama, who is seeking re-election, has previously voiced support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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