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Secretary Hillary Clinton
Sec. Hillary Clinton discusses her rural development plan during an interview with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
“And then I think that the biggest potential is, you know, the bio-based economy. And Iowa’s been a real leader in this and I think there is so much more to be done. It’s not only ethanol, it is also more advanced biofuels and things that we haven’t even discovered yet that uses waste products. But I really believe this can be a game changer for a lot of rural areas.”
Secretary Clinton laid out her plan to “Strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard” in her Plan for a Vibrant Rural America, released August 26, 2015: https://www.
hillaryclinton.com/p/briefing/ factsheets/2015/08/26/vibrant- rural-america/
Strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard so that it drives the development of advanced cellulosic and other advanced biofuels, protects consumers, improves access to E15, E85, and biodiesel blends, and provides investment certainty.
Cedar Rapids Gazette Op-Ed: Clinton: Invest in rural clean energy (May 28, 2015)
The United States should also continue supporting — and improving — the Renewable Fuel Standard and other federal incentives that have been a success for Iowa and much of rural America.
The Renewable Fuel Standard can continue to be a powerful tool to spur the development of advanced biofuels and expand the overall contribution that renewable fuels make to our national fuel supply. But we also can’t ignore significant changes to the energy landscape since the RFS was expanded in 2007. We have to get the RFS back on track in a way that provides investors with the certainty they need, protects consumers, improves access to E15, E85, and biodiesel blends, and effectively drives the development of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels.
Smart investments in rural America aren’t rocket science — it’s just good sense that delivers for all Americans. Providing investment certainty, removing barriers, and investing in the infrastructure to deliver reliable and affordable energy to rural households and deliver rural clean energy to the rest of the country is a good start.
KWWL-TV: Hillary Clinton disagrees with lowered EPA blending targets (July 20, 2015)
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said in a recent interview that she supports the Renewable Fuel Standard “as it is now,” rather than with the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced ethanol blending target reductions. “We have airplanes now experimenting with flying on biofuels, so this is exciting,” Clinton continued. “I don’t want to do anything that stops the development.” KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa)
Senator Bernie Sanders
IPR: Sanders Sides With Farmers on Renewable Fuel Standards
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president as a Democrat, is siding with farmers on a renewable fuel rule. The EPA will increase the quantity of ethanol in the U.S. fuel supply above its initial proposal earlier this year, but many corn growers and other ethanol advocates are upset that the new level still falls short of what was originally projected back in 2007.“Climate change is the great global-environmental crisis that we face,” says Sanders. “We have got to do everything we can to break our dependence on fossil fuel, move to energy efficiency, and move to sustainable energies. I know that Iowa is doing a really great job in terms of wind and in terms of biofuels. So I think we have to be supportive of that effort and take every step that we can, in every way that we can, including growth of the biofuels industry.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders talked to Brent Roske from Roske on Politics about his support of the RFS on September 13, 2015.
Brent Roske: “We’re in Iowa right now. Back in 2007 you voted for the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Senate. What are your thoughts about it now?”
Sen. Sanders: “I think as somebody who believes climate change is the greatest global crisis that we face, I think it’s absolutely imperative that we move away from fossil fuel, from oil, from coal, move to energy efficiency and move to sustainable energies. And Iowa, by the way, in general is doing a very good job, as is my home state of Vermont. Iowa is one of the leaders in the country in wind and in biofuels. So I support the Renewable Fuel Standard, I think we got to put more emphasis on cellulosic ethanol, which is a more efficient form of biofuel than what we currently have.”
“I certainly support the RFS. Anyone who understands climate change has to understand that you need to transform our energy system from fossil fuel to efficient and sustainable energy—we are going to have to move to more efficient biofuels. I’d like to see us develop and work more aggressively toward cellulosic biofuels—which are more efficient—but Iowa deserves a lot of credit for helping us break our dependence.”
Donald Trump spoke in favor of the Renewable Fuel Standard at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition banquet in Des Moines (September 19, 2015)
Question: The federal Renewable Fuel Standard displaces Middle East oil with homegrown, domestic fuels. As President, will you support our national security with the Renewable Fuel Standard?
Mr. Trump: “Yes, and a very strong yes. There is no reason not to. We need it. We need every form we can get. Ethanol is terrific, especially with the new process. And I am totally in favor of ethanol 100-percent and I will support it.”
Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson Town Hall Meeting, Santa Maria Winery, Carroll, Iowa (December 19, 2015)
“Now, you know, the Renewable Fuel Standard. It is wonderful to be able to ethanol, or to be able to use natural gas, or to be able to use petroleum, or use sun power, wind power, or even developing hydroelectric power – we sit between two oceans. But I personally, do not believe that the government should play a role in picking and choosing the winners and losers. I think everything should rise and fall on its own merits. Having said that, as far as the Renewable Fuel Standard is concerned, and ethanol is, there were certain agreements that were made that extend out until 2022 and people did a lot of investment and building based on those promises. And these promises should be kept. But we need to gradually phase out all government subsidies for virtually everything and let things rise and fall on their own merits. It’s only when the government begins to interfere with things that we get complications. We need to get government out of our lives.”
Dr. Ben Carson on the Renewable Fuel Standard at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa (December 18, 2015)
QUESTION: Biofuels in Iowa are extremely important, it’s important to the economy in Northwest Iowa and to the whole state. So I’d like to have you explain what your stance on the Renewable Fuel Standard.
DR CARSON: Okay, Renewable Fuel Standard, what is my stand on it? My stand is that this country has been blessed with enormous energy resources. All kinds of resources. And we’re are also blessed with a lot of innovation. And I believe that the government should not be involved in picking and choosing winners and losers. Things should rise and fall based on what they provide to the economy.
Having said that, as far as the Renewable Fuel Standard is concerned, there were certain promises that were made that extend out until 2022. And many people, you know, invested a lot of time, energy and resources based on those promises that were made. Those promises have to be kept.
But after that time, we should be aiming toward, you know, everyone standing on their own two feet. And that means that nobody else, petroleum or anybody else, gets any advantage either. So we make a completely level playing field and we let capitalism work the way it’s supposed to, we let innovation work the way it’s supposed to. And we get the government out of our lives.
Dr. Ben Carson took a question on his RFS position at a town hall meeting in Rock Rapids on June 25, 2015.
“A lot of energy can come from grain. Most people think that the government is subsidizing that. But that ended a while back and, you know, this thing is able to sustain itself now, quite effectively. What we really need to do is remove the bureaucracy and the limitations that are imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and all these kinds of things. And let the creativity, entrepreneurial risk taking which drove this country to the pinnacle of the world so quickly to once again have its effect.”
WHO-TV: Carson Faces Question on Renewable Fuels Standard (May 5, 2015)
“A lot of effort and money has been spent in this state – which is the biggest producer of corn and biofuels products. It’s good. And it works really well when you’re talking $8 bushel corn. Not as well when you’re talking $3 bushel of corn. There is no government subsidy. That ended a number of years. So it’s not a drag on society in terms of a tax burden. What is happening – and what so far we know – that is if you do a 10% mixture it has a certainly do have an environmental impact, a positive environmental impact. You give up some of your efficiency that you have with regular gasoline. You go up to a 30% mixture and you make some adjustments in the way combustion engines work, like they do in Brazil for instance, now you’re at parity in terms of efficiency and you’ve gained a fair amount in terms of environment. So there could be some really good things going on there. I don’t particularly like the idea of government subsidies for anything, because it interferes with the natural free market economy. Therefore, I would probably be in favor of taking that $4 billion a year we spend on oil subsidies and using that in new fueling stations”
I think that some of it we can do by getting government out of the way now that ethanol is doing so well.
Daily Times Herald: Fiorina wants to earn ‘A’ on ethanol (Dec 7, 2015)
America’s Renewable Future, a highly visible advocate at presidential campaign events in Iowa, scored Fiorina, a Republican, as “needs work” on the Renewable Fuel Standard, a mandate for Iowa-grain-fed energy sources like ethanol. The ranking came out Nov. 10 as a “midterm” evaluation on an issue central to the state’s economy and will be updated with a final report before the Feb. 1 presidential caucuses in Iowa.
Fiorina toured the full POET Biorefinery plant east of Coon Rapids in Guthrie County on Sunday and spoke with about a dozen people, several of them farmers or ag-businesspeople connected to the facility with a 50-million-gallon annual ethanol capacity. POET Coon Rapids, which employs 42 people and lists about 440 investors, also produces distillers grain and corn oil.“I do believe she’s taken steps, particularly getting educated around what the renewable fuels are and how it integrates with the national energy policy,” said William Howell, general manager of the Coon Rapids POET. “I think Carly’s come a long way with that.”
Fiorina told Howell and others she supports the Renewable Fuel Standard through its expiration in 2022.
And she expanded on that in an interview with the Daily Times Herald.“I think actually there was a bit of a misunderstanding which we’ve clarified with them about my support for the Renewable Fuel Standard,” Fiorina said.
When asked if she would be a stronger supporter of ethanol than some candidates who have expressed hostility to the fuel in recent weeks, Fiorina shot back, “Are you talking about Ted Cruz?”
Cruz, a Republican U.S. senator from Texas, wants to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard.“Maybe it’s because he comes from a big oil and gas state,” Fiorina said
The Hill: Fiorina: EPA has ‘decimated’ agriculture industries (August 29, 2015)
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Fiorina also argued that she would uphold the EPA’s renewable fuel standard until its scheduled end in 2022, but vowed she would not extend the guideline past that date.“Let us establish 2022 as the end point – let’s have a level playing field from now until 2022,” she said. “But in 2022, the government needs to get out of all this. Fossil fuels, sugar, corn subsidies – government needs to get out of all of it.”
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz contends there are no special tax preferences for the petroleum industry during a conversation at the Iowa GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Party in Des Moines, IA (October 31, 2015)
Senator Ted Cruz sticks with his “winners and losers” language at a town hall meeting in Denison, Iowa on June 19, 2015
I don’t think that Washington should be picking winners and losers. When it comes to biofuel, when it comes to ethanol, ethanol is competitive in the marketplace and will remain competitive in the marketplace without a federal mandate from Washington.
Des Moines Register: Cruz won’t bend on RFS opposition (March 6, 2015)
“I think anytime government tries to pick winners and losers, it’s a mistake.”
Wall Street Journal: At Iowa Ag Summit, GOP Split on Renewable Fuel Rule (March 7, 2015)
“The answer you’d like me to give is, ‘I’m for the RFS.’ Darn it, that would be the easy thing to do,” Mr. Cruz said. “But I tell you, people are pretty fed up, I think, with politicians that run around and tell one group one thing and tell another group another thing.”
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida answered a question about his support for the Renewable Fuel Standard during at town hall meeting in Carroll, Iowa at Greasewood Flats Ranch (November 23, 2015)
Rubio: “As far as RFS is concerned, as I’ve said before, I would not have supported it if I had been in the Senate at the time, I wasn’t. But it’s passed now. And that means that people have gone out and made investments based on it. People have started businesses, people have made investments, people have created jobs. I don’t believe it’s fair to go in and say we are going to yank it away from you in the middle of the program. It is set to expire in 2022 and my hope is that by then the industry will not just be treated in the tax code in comparison to every other industry in the energy sector, but that it will be self-sustaining and will not longer require a portfolio. But I am not in favor of renewing it after that, but I don’t believe we should yank it away in the middle of the program, because people have already invested money in it. They’ve already put money towards it based on this government policy and it would be unfair to just yank it away from them from one day to the next.”
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida answered a question about the Renewable Fuel Standard at a town hall meeting at Holiday Inn & Suites in Council Bluffs, Iowa (November 23, 2015).
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Rubio: “On the renewable fuel standards, look, I’ve been very blunt, I don’t like government doing all these things. And if I had been in the Senate at the time, I would not have supported it. But it’s now the law. It’s in place. So you have people that have said, ‘Now that we have an RFS, I’m going to go out and I’m going to get into this business. And I’m going to invest money into this business.” I don’t think it’s fair to say to people, ‘Okay, well thank you, but we changed our mind, we’re yanking it back.’ Whether you like it or not, it isn’t fair to yank away something in the middle of it, after people have invested in it based on an existing government program. So what I have argued is since it is already in place until 2022, let it stay in place until 2022 to respect the investment that people have made. And hopefully between now and then, based on both advances in that industry and also equalizing the tax treatment of all industries, these industries will be self-sustaining and stand up on their own in an even playing field. Because I want this country to have the most diverse energy portfolio on the planet. And I believe, treated fairly, we will have that. The market will drive it and innovator will drive it. And so, but I don’t think it’s fair to yank it away in the middle of the program when people have made an investment toward it. But I do believe it, and other treatments, will have to end especially when everything has been equalized, as it will be under my tax plan.”
Senator Rubio replied to a question about the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s candidate questionnaire: https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/News/2016-Farmers-Caucus/Read-the-Candidates-Positions
Question: “Do you support the Renewable Fuels Standard as passed by Congress, and oppose the EPA’s proposed reduction of renewable fuel usage required in the liquid fuel supply?”
Sen. Rubio: “We must move towards market-based energy policies where all sources are self-sustainable without government mandates. However, many have made investments based on the RFS law, and I do not support pulling the rug out from underneath them.”
Des Moines Register: Marco Rubio will not attend Iowa Ag Summit (March 4, 2015)
In the Senate, Rubio has voted against ethanol subsidies. He said Wednesday that he supports a mandate for renewable fuels like the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, although he believes it must be phased out over time.
He said his positions are rooted in the experience of farmers in Florida, who he said have been harmed by unfair international trade.
“If there’s ever an area where I’ve been willing to use government to assist an industry, it’s been agriculture because it’s an industry that faces unfair global competition and if we lose the industry you can’t get it back,” he said.
Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Bush talks about how biofuels fit into his energy plan at a town Hall Meeting at DMACC in Newton, IA (Dec 1, 2015)
Bush: So, I don’t believe that the government – the government should have a light footprint in the energy world. Which means we should eliminate the subsidies oil and gas. Which means we should phase out subsidies that were started to try to jumpstart the wind generation that has been quite successful here, or solar. I don’t think that government should pick winners and losers in the tax code. I think that all of that should be phased out over a period of time. Recognizing that there’s been major investment made, you can’t just turn the whole world upside. There’s sunk costs, billions of dollars have been invested in these areas.
But ultimately, markets will decide markets will decide what the most effective energy source will be. And wind is a great example. I think Iowa is number two in the country behind California in wind production – and that’s a good thing. Today, if you ask the large producers of wind in Iowa, they’ll tell you that the tax credit is no longer necessary. That through innovation and through the work being done in this community, in terms for engineering for making sure the turbines are optimum and the blades are done differently. There’s been massive innovation and pushing down of costs to allow for wind, and eventually solar, to become competitive with fossil fuels.
Town Hall, Morningside College in Sioux City, IA (July 13, 2015)
Q: Our government made a promise to investors, farmers, and American consumers with the RFS. As president, will you work to keep that promise through 2022 as the law intends?
Bush: I think we need to phase it out over the long haul recognizing that there… It’s been a success if you measure the amount of production that has been created because of the standard, so we have a lot of sunk costs, a lot of investors, a lot of small investors, and a lot of communities in the Midwest. You can’t overnight just say, you know, that’s it—it’s over. I think all these subsidies, though, whether it’s the oil and gas sector, whether it’s ethanol, whether it’s wind, whether it’s solar. I believe we’ll get to a better result at a faster rate; we’ll have more innovative disruptions if we phase all of those out. And, so then the question becomes and I don’t have a date, you know the 2022 thing is when…
Q: That’s the law right now…
Bush: …That’s the law, but it continues after that, you know, but the EPA has more leeway I guess until 2022. But the issue then becomes market access. There is a proper role for the government to make sure that if people do disrupt and lower cost and have benefits that are clear for people to see that they can’t be impeded from getting to the pump.
Q: In Iowa, it’s 73,000 jobs, $5 billion in payroll and $13 billion of our GDP is related to these biofuels.
Bush: Trust me, every time I come… I know that well.
Town Hall, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
May 16, 2015
Q: On Renewable Fuel Standard, which is to break up oil monopoly. How can GOP say they want to end RFS despite the promise to let it go into 2022?
A: The answer is yes, the RFS should go to 2022. It’s law and a good break point. The innovations that take place on farms are just as impressive as the developments in life saving labs. If Iowa farms can compete in an open marketplace, then it should be allowed to thrive. Federal government has a legitimate role in making sure ethanol has access to the marketplace.
Senator Rick Santorum
Q&A at Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs, IA
March 23, 2015.“Four years ago I supported the RFS. I support it now. It’s part of energy mix. It’s a market access provision for me. You got an industry that is vertically integrated — which is the oil industry. And having the industry outside of that, have access inside of the market, is to me a necessity.”
Governor Mike Huckabee
Q&A session at Sioux City campaign event
May 7, 2015
“My position is that you just don’t ask people to get into this arena, which is what our country did. It said, ‘Look we need people to provide ethanol, we need to make this a major our energy component.’ So a lot of farmers and a lot of companies and a lot of industries have done exactly what they were asked by the government to do. And that’s tool up for this industry. And then suddenly some people are saying let’s end this immediately. Well what does that do to all those people who believe their government? It puts them and their workers out of business and it destroys what is beginning to become a more reasonable, responsible, and economically viable industry.”
Governor Martin O'Malley
Des Moines Meet and greet Q&A, May 30, 2015
You can check out my record. During my time office we were always pushing the envelope of renewable standards in an upward direction. It is important to have goals that you can achieve. But when you see you can achieve them giving the urgency of the climate challenge, we should be pushing that envelope, not retreating from it.
It’d be my hope that we continue to keep a high, renewable fuel standard, and that we actually move into cellulosic fuels. The best way to do that is to keep the standard high. When you lower it, it creates all sorts of uncertainty about policy and direction. If you keep it high then people will see where they can make dollars by advancing the technology.
Gov. O’Malley called for protecting the RFS as part of his proposal for the United States to get 100% of our energy from renewables by 2050 in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register (July 29, 2015)
I would replace federal subsidies for fossil fuels with a long-term extension of production and investment tax credits. These credits directly benefit homeowners by making technologies like rooftop solar panels affordable, and have been critical to building strong biofuel and wind energy markets here in Iowa. We must also protect strong incentives like the Renewable Fuel Standard, which drive investments in clean energy and keep renewable fuels competitive.
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul answers a question about the Renewable Fuel Standard at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City (December 5, 2015)
Paul: “So, my bill would get rid of the Volatility Rule and tell the EPA they can’t limit it. Then I think we’d have ethanol sold year-round that might be at a higher percentage. The goal would be that so much ethanol is produced and sold that you wouldn’t need the mandate anymore. That scares some people. But at the same time, then you’d have a real marketplace and you’d get to the point. Ultimately, I think that’s the direction overtime that is the way it’s going to head to anyways. So, let’s get the government out of the way to allow more production.”
Senator Rand said ideally there would be no Renewable Fuel Standard during a town hall meeting September 12th at Gates Memorial Hall in Nevada, Iowa.
Question: There are thousands of Iowans, my father-in-law included, our farm in Southwest Iowa that are effected by the RFS, and I wanted to know your thoughts and your position on that going forward.
Answer: Ideally, we wouldn’t have the government involved in having mandates as to what kind oF energy is sold or what kind of crops are grown and where they go, the marketplace would determine this. For a long time we have had the Renewable Fuel Standard. When did it start? Do you know when it started? 20 years ago? I’m not sure exactly. But it is in place so I’m taking the approach, that where there are regulations and there is an existing industry. There is an exiting corn industry and a lot of it’s going into ethanol. I’m taking the approach in the bill you mentioned that I’ve worked with Senator Grassley on, is that why don’t we try and get rid of any rules that is preventing ethanol from growing. If ethanol grew and it were higher than what is mandated then you wouldn’t necessarily need mandate. We’re actually right now producing more ethanol than the mandate. One of the limitations on ethanol is this vapor rule. I think it’s called the vapor rule which says that in the summer months you can’t sell above e10. And so what happens is the gas stations are never going to have e10 or e20 or e90 or whatever because of this vapor rule. Which is a government rule and it’s an EPA rule but it’s an EPA interpretation. So the bill I have with Grassley would actually say to the EPA, we are going to get rid of the rule and then it would be legal to sell higher amounts. If you’re selling e15 of e90 and it were voluntarily being done you would be selling way above the mandate. Farmers would like it, Iowa would like it. But it’s actually getting rid of a regulation, not adding a regulation. The other thing our bill does is it actually gets rid of some of the impediments to changing your engine. I think it should be easy, cheap and there should be no government rules preventing you if you want to burn butane, you want to burn 100 percent ethanol, you want to change your cars engine. Right now the EPA in their supposed pollution rules makes it harder to change your engine and it’s expensive. Where this is a big deal is not individual owners – not many individual owners are going to change their car – but let’s say you have a truck fleet of 100 trucks and you want to change it to burn 50 percent ethanol and you can find someone to sell it then I think you could have an increasing market for ethanol that way. The other thing we do is there is a regulation that says cars have to burn certain many miles per gallon, the café standards. One way manufacturers can beat it is by making alternative fuels. So it’s an existing regulation, we’ve tried to make it easier to meet that regulation by saying manufacturers would get even more credit for converting their cars. None of it is ideal in the marketplace. Ideally the marketplace distributes goods the best by having freely fluctuating prices and no mandates. So ultimately if there would have been a vote for the mandate – I wouldn’t have been for the mandate. But with the mandate in place what I’ve been trying to get rid of regulations that harm farmers and the production of ethanol.
WHO-TV’s the Insiders
February 8, 2015
Q: Should there be a Renewable Fuel Standard?
A: What I’ve advocated is getting rid of regulations for alternative fuels. And actually I have a bill that’s going to be introduced in the couple weeks on this. I would say the good news for the people producing ethanol is that we’re actually producing above the minimum mandate. I think there is a place for ethanol. I think there is a place for all kinds of alternative fuels. And what I’m trying to do is something that no one else has ever done – take away the regulations from alternative fuels. Like for example, ethanol, in my bill you can produce any ethanol you want from 10% to 100%…
I think that some of it we can do by getting government out of the way now that ethanol is doing so well.
Governor John Kasich
Ohio Governor John Kasich says of the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Let it stay the way it is at a town hall meet at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA (December 17, 2015)
QUESTION: Governor, I know you just talked about ethanol. Can you refine your stance on the Renewable Fuel Standard?
GOV. KASICH: We’re just to let all that is in place last until what is it, year ’22? Okay and I have to tell you, when I was in Congress I was not for ethanol subsidies. I fought them and I lost. Grassley was smarter than me.
But then when I became governor, we have ethanol in our state and we have many people that work in ethanol. So, we have to be careful, and this is why, I’m not looking, say, I want Ohio to be fixed, but I’m not going to fix it by putting people out of work.
And the subsidies don’t exist anymore. It’s just part of that mix. And as far as I’m concerned it’s fine. Let it stay the way it is.
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is asked about renewable fuels at a town hall meeting at Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids, IA (September 30, 2015)
Kasich: “Look, I was for killing the ethanol subsidy when I was in Congress, let’s not be confused. Then I became Governor, and I’ve got people working these operations. So, I’m not about to kill them, but these subsidies that exist need to be phased out over time. That’s a reasonable way to approach it so it can ultimately be market driven. At the current time, you know, I don’t want to be throwing a bunch of people out of work. We have too many people out of work now. So, we’ll have to live with it. So, just so you understand, at one point I didn’t like it. I’ve visited some of these plants – but, it’s because I don’t want to shut these people down, throw these folks out of work. That’s how I feel about it.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich of Ohio takes a question on the Renewable Fuel Standard at a town hall meeting in Council Bluffs, Iowa on June 24, 2015.
I think this thing has to be phased out. We have ethanol plants in my state and I’m not a believer… You know, it’s like when I became governor, I had a choice, hey, should I lay people off? Our employment was at over 9% now its around 5.2, 5.3 – and that’s not the best measure because it doesn’t always gauge who’s in, who’s out. But one thing I didn’t want to do was fix Ohio’s budget problems by making people unemployed. The reason I say what I say is because I’m not a big believer in subsidies and I think that we’ve seen a big change. But I’m not going to go ahead and yank that out and throw people out of work in my state. But I think over time this program should stand on it’s own and we shouldn’t ask the people who are going to clean this room to continue to send money for something that needs to be able to stand on its own two feet. And what that process is and how long, I don’t know but that’s kinda how I feel about it. And it’s a very important program to Iowa because there are a lot of people working here. So if were to go around and say you were going to just get rid of it, you know, the direct impact would be unemployment for many. And that’s not a good solution. We can kinda figure our way out of this if we put our heads together.
Governor Chris Christie
Governor Christie responds to a question about the RFS at the Iowa GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Party event in Des Moines, IA (October 30, 2015)
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Christie: I have unequivocally supported the RFS. I will implement the RFS as President of the United States and support it. We have invested a great deal as a country in making sure we develop renewable fuels. The RFS is a way to continue that investment and make America stronger by giving us more energy options, not fewer. The more we have, the more choice you’re going to have, the lower prices are going to be, and the better off it’s going to be for America. Not only at home but around the world. So we don’t have to depend on anybody else for our energy. Our energy will be right here in the United States. That’s what I’ll do.
At a town hall meeting in Ankeny, Iowa on July 25, 2015, Governor Chris Christie said that the Renewable Fuel Standard would be enforced by his administration and be an important piece of his national energy strategy. He also called out other candidates for changing their position on the RFS while visiting different states, saying, “I’ve been for it. Always been for it. Still for it now. And will be for it when I’m President of the United States.”
Washington Times: Chris Christie ‘absolutely’ backs renewable fuel standard (March 7, 2015)
“The law requires the president to establish RFS, and he should,” Mr. Christie said. “Certainly anybody who is a competent president would get that done and their administration should get done.”
Asked whether he would support the RFS as president, Mr. Christie told Mr. Rastetter, “absolutely.” “It is what the law requires,” Mr. Christie said. “So let’s make sure we comply with the law.”