BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),
a family farmer and strong advocate for renewable energy, today sent a letter
to White House Climate Czar, Gina McCarthy, inviting her to visit Iowa and
learn about the state’s continued leadership in renewable fuel production and
overall sustainable energy strategy. Grassley’s request comes after McCarthy
made disparaging comments about Middle America in a recent
“…I was quite surprised when I read a
quote recently attributed to you in an interview with Kevin Adler. The quote that
stuck out is the following, ‘We have to get the middle of the country
understanding and active on climate. We have to show them what resilience looks
like.’ We have heard similar sentiments for years from Washington D.C. that the
middle of the country needs saving or that the middle of the country needs to
learn from the East and West Coast,” Grassley
“Surely belittling folks in the middle of
the country with disparaging comments is not what President Biden meant in his
inaugural address. Therefore, in a show of unity, I would like to invite
President Biden, yourself, other relevant cabinet officials, and White House
staff working on energy and environmental issues to come to Iowa and learn.
“In your trip to Iowa previously, you
expressed a willingness to learn from people in the middle of the country. It
seems that another visit is in order to see the tremendous progress we have
continued to make. It would be a great opportunity for the Administration to
learn just how resilient the middle of the country can be,” Grassley concluded.
In 2009, Grassley invited
McCarthy, who had never been to a farm before, to visit Iowa to learn about corn
and soybean farming technology and see firsthand the way Iowa farmers
contribute to clean energy production.
Since then, Iowa’s agriculture and energy
industry has continued to expand. Iowa now ranks second in the nation for wind
, leads the nation with the highest wind power share and
in 2019, wind turbines in Iowa generated more electricity than the state’s
coalfired power plants for the first time.
Iowa is also the number one producer of
corn, ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in the country. Recently, a comprehensive
shows using corn ethanol in place of gasoline reduces greenhouse
gas emissions by almost half with some corn ethanol in the market today
achieving a 61% reduction.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE