Ad Buy Targets Big Oil in Iowa Markets

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TELTOW, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Stalks of corn stand under a blue sky during harvest on September 13, 2012 near Teltow, Germany. The annual corn harvest is underway in the German state of Brandenburg, where corn is widely planted and used for animal feed as well as the produciton of biofuels. Analysts recently predicted that German corn farmers are likely to benefit from global warming, as higher temperatures will mean an earlier planting season.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Dec. 5, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

Bio­fuels back­ers and a co­ali­tion of or­gan­iz­a­tions op­posed to the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard will line up on Thursday to give testi­mony dur­ing the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency’s pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed 2014 man­date. At the same time, in­terest groups are also mak­ing a push to shift the con­ver­sa­tion onto the RFS out­side the Belt­way.

Amer­ic­ans United for Change, a pro­gress­ive ad­vocacy group, is launch­ing an ad buy sug­gest­ing that cuts to the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard will hurt Amer­ic­an farm­ers and the do­mest­ic eco­nomy.

The ad, which will air primar­ily in the Des Moines, Iowa, mar­ket — in the heart of corn coun­try — urges view­ers to ask EPA to leave the man­date in­tact and dir­ects them to vis­it the web­site www.saveth­erfs.com.

“Tell the EPA to stand with Iowa farm­ers and small towns, not big oil,” the nar­rat­or says, while im­ages of a farm­er stand­ing in a corn field and idyll­ic street scenes ap­pear in the back­ground. “Tell the EPA: Don’t gut the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard.”

In a state­ment, Brad Wood­house, the pres­id­ent of AUFC, con­tin­ued the at­tack on big oil: “The in­dustry that brought us the Gulf oil spill loves the new RFS rule as it stands and would love noth­ing more than to keep rur­al Amer­ica quiet un­til the ink is dry. That’s why it’s in­cred­ibly im­port­ant that Amer­ic­ans in the heart­land make their voices heard, be­cause the strength in num­bers of those who be­ne­fit from the RFS can beat big oil’s deep pock­ets.”

Watch the full ad here

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