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January 27th, 2011

Branstad Impresses Renewable Fuels Leader

By Craig Robinson

Governor Terry Branstad addressed the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s annual summit Tuesday morning.  Branstad, who supports the industry and is please with the EPA’s recent ruling that allows E15 for all vehicles 2001 and newer, gave a typical speech that you would expect from the governor of Iowa.  He also pledged that he would talk to the presidential candidates about the importance of the industry.

During the question and answer period, Branstad showed an expansive knowledge about different aspects of the renewable fuels industry.  Branstad showed that he was knowledgeable about everything from blender pumps, the lack of flex fuel vehicles produced by foreign automakers, and DNR regulations that hamper industry growth, to cellulosic ethanol and the important role that Iowa’s community colleges play in the renewable fuels industry.

It’s not that Branstad just sounded knowledgeable when talking about the industry, he actually spoke about specifics.  Branstad clearly impressed his audience.  As the Governor exited the stage, Walter Wendland, the president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said, “I can’t imagine a more knowledgeable Governor and Lt. Governor than what we have right now.”

I guess Culver’s repeated use of terms like “green collar jobs” and the “silicon prairie of the Midwest” didn’t impress industry leaders.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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