What The Candidates Say : Joe Perske

  • Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Joe Perske is running for the U.S. Representative seat for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District against Tom Emmer in the upcoming mid-term elections (the seat is currently occupied by Rep. Michelle Bachmann). Here are his responses to our questions on biofuels.

Q. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal law which has implications for Minnesota. Do you support or oppose the RFS?

A. I support the RFS.

Q. What is the basis for your support or opposition to the RFS?

A. I support the RFS because it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels which is important for our national security, it creates jobs in Minnesota and its slows climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Q. What advantages, or disadvantages, do you think biofuels present for Minnesotans? If you have identified advantages, how would you leverage them to achieve more benefits for the environment and consumers over the next two to four years? If you identified disadvantages associated with biofuels, what, if any, actions would you take to address those disadvantages?

The advantages of biofuels are that they create jobs in Minnesota and they protect the health of Minnesotans and our beautiful outdoor heritage by reducing carbon emissions. We need to continue to expand the ability of creating new biofuels as substitutes for oil in all industries.  This will create new jobs and benefits for our citizens’ health. 

Q. What actions would you take, for the medium term, to make E15 the new regular fuel? 

Supporting government incentives for marketing E15 to gain more public acceptance.

Tomorrow, we move away from the federal level to the state seats beginning with Rep. Jeanne Poppe.