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 Caucus.org 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.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.
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.
- Barak Obama Supports Biofuels
- Joe Biden Proposes Renewable Fuel Objectives
- John Edwards Support Biofuels
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Proposes a Strategic Energy Fund
- Fred Thompson Now Supports Ethanol
- Mike Huckabee Promotes Energy Independence With Biofuels
- Mitt Romney Advocates Alternative Energy Like Biodiesel and Ethanol
- Rudy Giuliani Commits to Ethanol and Bio-Fuels
- President Bush Signs Energy Legislation
- US Congress Passes Historic Energy Bill
- President Challenges Congress on Energy
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