Gov. Branstad and Sen. Ernst advocating to make renewable fuel more broadly available

Both met with Quad County Corn Processors to discuss opportunities to grow

By Jamie Perez |

Published 08/31 2016 05:24PM

Updated 08/31 2016 06:59PM

The Quad County Corn Processors use a cellerate process that's responsible for 90 percent of US cellulosic ethanol. That's a lot of renewable fuel that impacts the entire country, so much that Iowa produces enough ethanol every year to drive a pickup trick around the Earth's equator two point four million times.
The Senator and Governor's visit Wednesday was to help them spread an important message that could one day affect all Americans. 
"When we're looking at energy resources, renewable energy resources are always the way to move forward," says Senator Joni Ernst. 
Senator Ernst and Governor Branstad's tour of the Quad County Corn Processors showed them why fuels are key to the state's economic development as well as the country's energy efficiency. 
Seeing the new technologies and production this plant is capable of fueled the fire to provide what they feel is best for all American consumers.
"We want consumers, we want our citizens to make the choice on what product they want to use for their vehicles," says Ernst.
Ernst and Branstad both feel that whomever is elected president this year needs to really drive home the need for energy independence.
"We need a candidate that is going to be willing to invest the time and energy into these sources of energy," says Ernst. "It is good for everyone. Every consumer out there. This is the direction we need to be going."
And Governor Branstad reiterated the fact that relying on cellulosic ethanol facilities like this, where corn kernel fiber is used to generate fuels, will provide increased choices for all consumers, decrease the dependency on foreign oil and improve the environment overall. 
"It's producing a corn-based ethanol, which is good for the environment and it's also good for the economy and creating jobs," says Governor Terry Branstad. 
This plant is the world's first commercial cellulosic ethanol facility and those who represented the process today stood alongside the senator's and governor's efforts to make a greener America.
"This is important for us as a country, this is important for us for the environment, and it is important for us in terms of agriculture," says Ponsi Trivisvavet, President of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. 

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