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Iowa Drivers Can Save $0.68 Per Gallon by Choosing Renewable Fuels PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aaron Wells   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:49

As Turmoil in Iraq Pushes Iowa Gas Prices Up, American Ethanol Brings Relief to Consumers

As the situation in Iraq comes home to motorists paying higher prices at the pump, the Fuels America coalition is urging greater reliance on less expensive, homegrown fuels as opposed to reliance on the volatile market for foreign oil.  In fact, an analysis of state data covering the past year from shows that drivers with “Flex Fuel” vehicles in Iowa can pay an average of $0.68 less per gallon by filling up with E85, which contains up to 85 percent American ethanol.

Ethanol is a higher octane fuel that improves engine performance.  That’s why it has been added to gasoline for decades and is now being blended at higher levels into the fuels used throughout professional auto racing. Prices for American-grown renewable fuels like ethanol and advanced biofuels have grown increasingly competitive thanks to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which ensures that homegrown renewable fuels are available as an option to American consumers.

The analysis of data from “E85 Prices” also revealed that drivers have saved as much as $0.87 per gallon at the pump over the past year by filling up on E85. And because ethanol increases the available fuel supply, it helps to drive down the price of gasoline for all drivers regardless of whether they choose a higher blend fuel like E15 or E85.

In addition to saving American drivers money, the RFS has helped to support 852,000 jobs and $184.5 billion in economic output in the U.S. The renewable fuels industry supports 73,371 jobs and $5 billion in wages in Iowa alone, as well as $19.3 billion in economic output.

Meanwhile, violence in Iraq is driving high gas prices even higher than predicted. Mere worries about oil supply issues have already helped drive world and U.S. prices to their highest levels since September. Americans could see prices for regular gasoline jump more than $0.20 per gallon over the next couple weeks as violence in Iraq continues.

Fuels America’s announcement coincides with a paid advertising campaign to highlight the consumer savings the RFS and the renewable fuels industry deliver for Americans. This week, the coalition is running digital ads that ask Americans why we should “let Big Oil pump us dry,” and call on our leaders to “invest in affordable, homegrown renewable fuels” by protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Lt. Governor Sheila Simon: More bike lanes and sidewalks mean healthier, safer transit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:05

CARBONDALE — To stress the importance of more walking, biking and public transit opportunities, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will deliver opening remarks at a “Complete Streets” training event at the Carbondale Civic Center at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Simon will call for strategic investment in bike lanes and sidewalks across Southern Illinois.

The Complete Streets planning policy is a new approach to local infrastructure that highlights the importance of public transit and pedestrian access as a means of making local transportation safer, healthier and more sustainable. Representatives with the Active Transportation Alliance will provide the free training to local planning and zoning board members.

In Carbondale, the project promotes the use and improvement of bike lanes and sidewalks, said Angie Bailey, Director of Health Education for the Jackson County Health Department.

The project is developed by Smart Growth America. Nine public health agencies throughout downstate Illinois have signed on to the initiative, covering Bond, Boone, Champaign, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Fulton, Henderson, Jasper, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Macon, Madison, Marion, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, St. Clair, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Winnebago Counties.


Harkin Announces More than $695,000 for Improvements to Iowa Airports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $695,741 to the Ankeny Regional Airport and the State of Iowa for various rehabilitation and planning projects. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that funds the DOT.

“Ensuring Iowa’s airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency of operations,” said Harkin. “I am pleased that the Ankeny Regional Airport will receive this important investment and I look forward to the learning about the benefits of the Iowa state aviation transportation plan study.”

Details of the funding are as follows:

Ankeny Regional Airport: $572,486 to improve the runway safety area.

State of Iowa: $123,255 to conduct a state system plan study.


Loebsack Announces More Than $500,000 for Muscatine Municipal Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:52

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the Muscatine Municipal Airport will receive a $509,326 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration grant program. The funding will be used to design the rehabilitation of a runway, which is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize debris.

“Our local airports play a critical role in allowing our communities to grow, as well as fuel additional economic development in the region,” said Loebsack. “I am pleased that the Muscatine Municipal Airport is receiving this competitive grant, which will allow the airport to continue functioning safely and effectively.”


Boy Scouts of America “Prepared. For Life.” License Plate Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Hopper   
Monday, 02 June 2014 10:38
DES MOINES, IA – (May 30, 2014) –The Boy Scouts of America today announced that the Iowa Department of Transportation is now offering a Boy Scouts of America “Prepared. For Life.” license plate.  The Iowa Secretary of State’s office will be the sponsoring agency for the new license plate.
“The Boy Scouts of America has served the youth, families, and communities of Iowa for over a century,” according to Robert Hopper, Scout Executive / CEO of Mid-Iowa Council.  “Scouts live in every county, in every zip code, and in every circumstance.  The new Boy Scouts “Be Prepared. For Life” License Plate will provide steady support for thousands of Iowa Scouts.”
“Boy Scouts teaches kids the important lessons of character, leadership, citizenship and fitness,” Secretary of State Matt Schultz said.  “As an Eagle Scout myself, I know those lessons will stick with kids for a lifetime and I’m honored to have the Iowa Secretary of State’s office sponsor the Boy Scout license plate.”
The application to request a Boy Scouts of America license plate is available at all local Boy Scout Council offices and websites in the state.  500 paid applications are required to be submitted prior to manufacture and distribution of the new plates.  All proceeds from the extra fees benefit Iowa Boy Scouts.
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About Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Mid-Iowa Council serves more than 20,000 members and has more than 5,000 volunteers in 27 counties in central and southern Iowa. The Mid-Iowa Council supports the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in providing a program for boys and young adults to help build and enhance character, citizenship and fitness. Find out about Scouting in your hometown or neighborhood by calling 515-266-2135 or visiting

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