The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

December 9, 2013

EPA plan to reduce RFS requirements: Misguided

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What we fear is happening to the RFS is this: Influential oil interests possessed of power through lobbying and campaign contributions are dictating the rules of the game.

For the good not simply of states like Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, but America as a whole, we do not wish to see RFS requirements reduced and believe biofuels should remain a key component in national energy policy. In the name of achieving energy independence for the country, we in principle are comfortable with the idea of federal support for energy — all of energy.

We encourage state and federal leaders in our three states to continue pushing back against the EPA proposal in aggressive fashion.

We like, for example, the stand taken by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last week when, in staunchly opposing the EPA proposal, said presidential candidates who visit Iowa in advance of the 2016 first-in-the-nation caucuses should get behind biofuels.

“I think that anybody who aspires to be president of the United States also should make a commitment to continuing . the reduction of our dependency on foreign oil and our commitment to having more and more of our energy coming from renewable sources like ethanol and biodiesel,” Branstad said.

Regardless of political party or philosophical differences on other issues, leaders in states like Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska must stake out common ground together in spirited opposition to the EPA proposal on the RFS and work to reverse what is a misguided plan.

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