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As the first caucus in the presidential election season, Iowa has been perceived as a bellwether for the rest of the campaign season. On the Republican side, 42% of caucus-goers reported that having a candidate who shared their values was the most important quality in a candidate and 38% of those caucused for Ted Cruz. And yet, when Cruz won the Iowa caucuses on February 1, it was with a strong repudiation of a traditionally popular policy in that region: the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Long heralded by the robust corn industry in Iowa, the RFS mandates a certain percentage of renewable biofuels, primarily ethanol, be added to transportation fuel. The issue has supporters and detractors on both sides of the aisle and in recent years calls to reform or eliminate the RFS have come up in Congress.
What does the result in Iowa say about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard? Has the time for posturing come and gone? And how will this translate into policy in the 115th Congress?
The CQ Roll Call policy briefing Ethanol in America: Politics and Policy will bring together members of Congress, agriculture and energy policy experts, political scientists and industry stakeholders to discuss where we go from here on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Join the conversation: #ACCFonRFS
Keynote with Members of Congress followed by Q&A
Moderated by: David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)
Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Moderated by: Ed Felker, Director, CQ Now
Anthony Gaughan, Associate Professor of Law, Drake University
Christopher Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Northern Iowa
David Swenson, Associate Scientist, Department of Economics, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University
Paul Tewes, Democratic Consultant, Smoot Tewes Group
Speakers as of 3.9.16
When: March 15, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Newseum's Knight Studio (3rd Floor), 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Note: This will be a widely attended event.