On a press conference call this afternoon, the National Farmers Union (NFU), released a poll that showed popularity and support within rural congressional districts for political candidates that support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). NFU President Roger Johnson said that the poll demonstrates the importance of the Obama Administration getting the RFS back on track as it sets the RFS volume obligations for 2014-2016, due out by the end of this month.
Johnson noted that support for the RFS outweighed opposition in five out of the six districts surveyed by the poll. “Rural America seems to have taken note of the measurable gains in climate change resiliency, energy independence and the rejuvenation of rural economies across the country that are directly attributable to the RFS.”
Andrew Drechsler, president of HaystaqDNA a “democratic-centric” firm, noted that the poll findings are very important for moderates, who the poll found support the RFS. “One thing that could make a difference on the position of the leadership is this issue, and for the Democrats, that’s the president,” he said during the press call.
On the call were:
- Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union
- Andrew Drechsler, President, HaystaqDNA
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program, Third Way
Click here to listen to the call including the question and answer session: NFU RFS Poll Press Conference