Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad delivers his Condition of the State speech to lawmakers Tuesday morning
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -
Governor Terry Branstad wants the state of Iowa to go on the record and stand united behind the Renewable Fuels Standard, which the federal Environmental Protection Agency is planning to cut. In his Condition of the State address Tuesday morning, the governor says the RFS has helped to drive Iowa's ag economy.@
"The RFS has led to a cleaner environment, opened the markets for Iowa corn and soybeans and reduced our nation's dependency on foreign oil. Thousands of Americans are coming together now in support of the RFS. Today, I call on the general assembly as one of your first orders of business in a bipartisan fashion to pass a resolution in support of maintaining a robust renewable fuels standard," he said to bipartisan applause.
Governor Branstad will host a public hearing on the RFS on January 23rd in Des Moines. He says all members of Iowa's Congressional delegation have committed to be there.
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