How Do Potential Presidential Candidates Feel About RFS?

How Do Potential Presidential Candidates Feel About RFS?

A new report from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is taking a sharp aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard. It says that since 2007, the RFS has cost American motorists with more than $10 Billion per year in the extra fuel costs- above what they would have paid if they had purchased gasoline alone. Regardless of your stance, the mandate continues to be a hot and political topic.

“Don’t mess with RFS,” said Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad.

It’s a message arriving early, but surely up for debate throughout the Iowa Ag. Summit.

“What ethanol needs is fair access to the market place, which big oil wants to prevent. We can’t let them have their way on this critical issue to America’s future,” said Branstad.

While Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been vocal in support of the RFS, future presidential hopefuls were asked where they stood on it as well. Some weren’t shy in their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and its importance in rural America.

“{It’s} one of the things to show how efficient ethanol has become, how important it is from the stand point to improve octane ratings. It creates jobs in small-town and rural America, which is where people are hurting,” said Former U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum.

“Absolutely, the law requires it Bruce. Let’s make sure we comply with the law,” said New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee stressed how Americans need to ‘Fuel itself, feed itself and fight for itself.’

“RFS is just one bit of the component of the bigger picture of energy independence and energy security,” said Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.

Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, showed his support for RFS and Ethanol, but focused on the EPA. It is required to announce blending levels for the RFS for the following year, but hasn’t for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“It’s something I’m willing to go forward on continuing the RFS and pressing the EPA to make sure there is certainty in the blend levels so that going forward, farmers know when they make decisions on how to plant crops, what the process is,” said Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker.

Perry says he doesn’t want Washington D.C. to make that decision.

“I think this is more of a state issue than it is a national issue,” said Perry.

Cruz says he supports biofuels and ethanol but believes ‘the demand will continue without the federal mandate in place.

"When it comes to energy, I think we should have an all-of-the above approach but it should be driven by the market," said U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz.

Jeb Bush also showing commitment, but says he prefers a supply and demand driven market.

"Whether it's ethanol or any other renewable fuel, the markets are going to have to decide this," said Jeb Bush.

He added that at some point, he expects the RFS to go away.

“At some point, we see a reduction of the RFS need, because ethanol will be valuable part of our country," said Bush.

Former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Patty Judge is a supporter and promoter of RFS.

“We can build energy. We can build fuel with Iowa corn. We don’t want to go backwards. Gosh, that would be ridiculous to go back twenty years in time. The figure we’re being quoted nationally is 400,000 jobs. It will be a huge loss of jobs across the country,” said Judge.

It’s a debate not done, as policy or politics heat up in the race for 2016.





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