OPIS Biofuels Headlines

March 16, 2015
Former Iowa Official: Clinton 'Indicated that the Support Was There' on RFS

During a private meeting on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton indicated she's supportive of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D) told OPIS Thursday morning.

Judge, a co-chair of the America's Renewable Future (ARF) effort, attended the meeting in Marshalltown, Iowa, along with Iowa Corn Growers board member Bruce Rohwer.

The hour-long meeting focused generally on agriculture-related issues in the state, Judge said, with 10-15 minutes on renewable energy.

"I asked her to continue support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and she indicated that the support was there," Judge said. "She was also very interested in R&D going on and whether cellulosic ethanol was a reality," she continued. "I stressed to her that this is a new industry ... and it's important to continue that R&D. She was quite interested in continuing that," she added.

As a senator representing New York in 2002, Clinton opposed the promotion of corn-based ethanol. However as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008, she changed her view, supporting the RFS and voting to approve its expansion into RFS2 in 2008.

"I do feel good about our meeting," Judge continued. "I know people can change their minds or opinion. I know that very well, but based on what she indicated, she has a good understanding of the issue and where we're going," she added.

ARF, a campaign launched earlier this year to educate presidential contenders on the benefits of RFS2, met last week with potential 2016 Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, and former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.).

"We did not get, in my opinion ... a yes or no from either of those people" on the RFS, Judge said. "They were listening and taking notes, but they haven't been around that issue the way that Secretary Clinton has. The jury is still out and we have some work to do with them," she added.

ARF officials have also recently met with possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and sent a letter to candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz, who has said he would repeal the RFS.


-Rachel Gantz, rgantz@opisnet.com


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