Tuesday's Iowa Caucus results signal a big win for renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The group points out that the top two vote-getters, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, both expressed support for the federal renewable fuels standard while campaigning in Iowa.
"Despite scant attention on agriculture issues by the national media, both Governor Romney and Senator Santorum prioritized rural and ag issues," stated IRFA Past President Walt Wendland. "It came as no surprise to us that friends of ethanol fared well in the Iowa Caucus. The nation needs an energy policy that recognizes the importance of domestic renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel."
The IRFA also points out that Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the fourth place finisher, is also a strong supporter of ethanol and biodiesel while Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, who finished fifth and sixth in Iowa, refused to support the fuels standard.