Created: 08/24/2014 11:20 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad
(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley visited Mason City this weekend to talk about the renewable fuel standard and how biofuels are boosting the Midwest’s economy.
“We just want the rest of the country to understand this isn’t some little boutique fuel this is 10 percent of our fuel supply,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The fuel provides 75,000 jobs in Iowa and nearly 20,000 in Minnesota.
“These are real investments by our farmers that have helped keep our rural communities strong,” said Sen. Klobuchar.
Golden Grain Energy is an ethanol production plant, producing 115 million gallons of ethanol every year.
The company helps meet the demand for domestic biofuels with the renewable fuel standard.
“It’s an incentive that requires gasoline sold in the United States to have a certain amount of renewable fuels in it,” said Rep. Braley.
“An incentive so that we are having our fuel come, not from the cartels of the Mideast, but from the farms of the Midwest,” said Sen. Klobuchar.
Dave Sovereign says it’s an organization bringing business back.
“Knowing that we are cutting our dependence on the Middle East and being a part of that, brings a lot of pride to our investors, our board all of our employees,” said Sovereign.
It’s a standard that comes with criticism.
“We’re always having to fight against people who don’t understand the value of renewable fuels,” said Klobuchar. “It’s cheaper, it’s better for the environment and it’s something we can rely on in America.”