Presidential Candidates Support RFS

Both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney say they support maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard in answers to an American Farm Bureau Federation questionnaire on agricultural issues.

“Our rural communities, farmers, and ranchers can increase our energy independence and boost the transition to a clean energy economy,” Obama responded to a question about energy security and agriculture. “U.S. biofuel production is at its highest level in history. Last year, rural America produced enough renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel to meet roughly 8 percent of our needs, helping us increase our energy independence to its highest level in 20 years. We are increasing the level of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline, and the new Renewable Fuel Standard helped boost biodiesel production to nearly 1 billion gallons in 2011, supporting 39,000 jobs.”

Governor Romney said in his answer that developing our nation’s energy resources is key to the success of the agriculture industry. “The increased production of biofuels plays an important part in my plan to achieve energy independence,” said Romney. “In order to support increased market penetration and competition among energy sources, I am in favor of maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard. I also support eliminating regulatory barriers to a diversification of the electrical grid, fuel system, and vehicle fleet. My policies broadly aim to ensure that all of our energy industries can sustainably become competitive, innovative and efficient.”

Read all the AFBF questions and candidate responses.

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  1. Well of course those goons say they support maintaining the RFS. After all, much, if not most, of the corn used for the production of ethanol is GMO poison unfit for human and animal consumption. Secretary Of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is a former CEO of Monsanto which produces much/most of the genetically modified corn processed into ethanol and Vilsack is also the former governor of Iowa. The safety of genetically modified corn was conveniently approved based on 3 month studies. Current studies show that laboratory rats grow horrific tumors when fed GMO corn but that the symptoms did not commence to present until the 4th month. All of the corn based ethanol proponents support maintaining the FRS standards because they know there is no market for the genetically modified poison the farmers are growing otherwise.