Thursday, January 3, 2008

Let the Race Begin in Iowa

Iowa Caucus Food and Fuel Ethanol President United States 2008Since 1972, the Iowa caucus has been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President of the United States. The caucus has served as an early indication of which candidates for President of the United States might win the nomination of their political party at that party's national convention. The next Iowa caucus will be held on January 3, 2008.

Renewable energy plays an important aspect in Iowa's economy and politics. And the major candidates know they have to have a strong energy plan when campaigning in the state.

The Iowa site had several key facts on Iowa's role in renewable energy that are worth reading:
Iowa's agricultural industry is helping to feed and fuel the world. Iowa's corn, soybeans and windy plains are powering our vehicles and homes and positioning our state for energy independence.

Map of Ethanol Plants in Iowa [PDF: 44k]

  • Iowa is "First in the Nation" in ethanol production nationwide.
  • Iowa has 29 ethanol plants in operation, producing approximately 1.98 billion gallons per year. Eight of those plants are currently expanding capacity. And 10 new ethanol plants are under construction.
  • Iowa alone accounted for over 30 percent of the entire U.S. ethanol production.
  • Iowa’s biofuels industries have added $8 billion dollars to Iowa’s economy, generated $2 billion dollars in new household income, and created and supported 50,000 Iowa jobs.
Over the past few months, we've highlighted some of the top candidates' energy positions. Not all candidates were profiled because they did not make their energy positions easily found. But fear not, as they revise make their positions clearer, we'll try to get them all listed.

Democratic Candidates
Republican Candidates
Source: Iowa

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