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Former Reagan National Security Advisor McFarlane to Address 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

January 18, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

JOHNSTON, IA The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that former National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane will speak at the 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 24, 2012. "Foreign Oil: Breaking Our Addiction Through Consumer Fuel Choice" will be the topic of Mr. McFarlane's address. The Summit is sponsored by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA).

"We're privileged to have Mr. McFarlane join the Summit program to underscore the hazardous results of the oil monopoly on the U.S. economy," said Lucy Norton, IRFA Managing Director. "His message of consumer fuel choice will make clear how flex-fuel vehicles and renewable fuels can play a significant role in reducing our country's dangerous foreign oil dependence."

Prior to serving as President Reagan's National Security Advisor, McFarlane was appointed as the President's Special Representative in the Middle East. After numerous years of public service, he founded Global Energy Investors, LLC, and co-founded the United States Energy Security Council. The Council's mission is focused on diminishing the inordinate strategic importance of oil, which stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel.

Other Summit presentations include foreign oil's impact on U.S. military operations and terrorism, the national outlook for biodiesel, the newest ethanol blend E15, and the balance between ethanol and livestock production, Norton added.

The Summit and trade show will be held at Veterans Memorial/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online at, where they'll also find additional links and information relating to the Summit.

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.



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