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President should support ethanol and fuel mandate, Branstad says
by William Petroski, The Des Moines Register

President Barack Obama, a Democrat who campaigned as a supporter of renewable fuels, has an obligation to the country and to the nation’s agricultural heartland to support the ethanol industry, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday.

Branstad told reporters at his weekly news briefing he strongly opposes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal last week to scale back how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. The mandate is known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS.

“Let me put it this way, I believe that preserving the RFS is extremely important to preserving this state’s farm economy,” and important to protecting jobs and the environment, Branstad said. “I believe the EPA is making a huge mistake and that needs to be reversed.”

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