DES MOINES, IA--Renewable fuels supporters are thinking carefully about the words of those people who want to be president. Nine Republicans showed up Saturday for the first-ever Iowa Ag Summit. Organizers limited the questions to the potential candidates to food, farm and fuels.
Iowans who want to make sure the federal government continues the mandate that a certain amount of biofuels remain in the nation's fuel supply, the Renewable Fuels Standard of RFS, paid particular attention to the potential candidates' responses.
Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, created a scorecard for Channel 13 News based on what he heard from the Republicans at the summit. He broke his scorecard into four categories:
Pro-Renewable Fuels Standard
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Sounded Pro-RFS – but need to clarify
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
Sounded Anti-RFS – but need to clarify
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Former New York George Pataki