Debating Biodiesel's Benefits

Iowa congressional candidates debate the benefits of biodiesel
By Erin Voegele | November 17, 2010
A recent political debate between two congressional candidates in Iowa caused some concern within the local biodiesel industry. During the Oct. 15 event, incumbent third district Congressman Leonard Boswell stressed his support for reinstating the lapsed biodiesel tax credit, while challenger Brad Zaun, a member of the state senate, noted that he would not support its reinstatement.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board reached out to Zaun after the debate, requesting a meeting to inform the candidate on the many ways biodiesel benefits his state. The meeting, which took place Oct. 27, was highly successful, says IBB Executive Director Randy Olson. "We had a great discussion with Sen. Zaun, and had the opportunity to provide some facts about biodiesel that he was unaware of," Olson says, noting that the senator clearly appreciates our nation's initiative to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. "He expressed emphatically that he wants to see biodiesel succeed," Olson continues. "Whether senator Zaun is working for us in Washington or in Des Moines, I am confident he will be a strong supporter of biodiesel because of its importance to Iowa's economy and our nation's energy security. All in all, it was a good meeting. For a candidate to take 45 minutes out of his very busy schedule less than a week before an election clearly showed that he was interested in learning more about biodiesel and its importance to Iowa and the nation."

While Zaun will continue to serve Iowa in the state legislature, he was narrowly defeated by Boswell for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 2.
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