By this time next week, we will have likely elected a new president (barring “hanging chads” or any other challenges). Over what has seemed like an endless barrage of political commercials and debates over too many months, you might still want to take one last look at the candidates’ stances on biofuels. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has posted several quotes and videos at http://www.iowarfa.org/Election2012.php.
I think we call all agree that whoever is elected to serve in the White House and in Congress needs to work with fellow lawmakers “across the aisle” to hammer out a long-range energy policy that has the country’s best interests at heart. I believe this should include the support of biofuels as well as solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies and markets. The investment will be worth it long term.
For the sake of this country’s national security, we must continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Renewable fuels are already helping us do that, but we need to produce more, using a variety of feedstocks across the country.
Finally, rural America will benefit from a long-term energy policy that supports the growth of biofuels. We’ve already seen how ethanol plants or a biodiesel facilities improve local markets and create good jobs in towns across America.
There are a lot of things to think about as you head to your local polling place. A long-term energy policy should be one of them.