Growth Energy releases RFS ad featuring Bachelor star

By Erin Voegele | November 23, 2015

Growth Energy has announced the launch of a new television ad in support of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) featuring Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer and star of “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

The ad points to the significant harm that the EPA’s proposal poses to America’s farmers and features Soules urging politicians in Washington to support ethanol. The ad is currently airing in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.

During a media call to announce the new ad, Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, called the RFS and ethanol a great American success story. “More renewable fuels like ethanol means more investments in rural communities across America,” he said. Buis noted the homegrown fuel helps consumers at the pump, drives down our dependence on foreign oil, reduces air pollution, and provides consumer choice. “It also has revitalized our rural economies,” he said.

Soules said he is excited to take part in an effort to protect a program that is important to his family’s farming operation and thousands of others. “I have been able to see firsthand the benefits of renewable fuels,” he said. In addition to impacting family farmers, Soules stressed that the RFS also helps rural families not involved in farming by providing jobs in clean energy that have helped the U.S. diversify its energy resources.

The U.S. EPA is expected to issue its final rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS within the next week. The rulemaking is subject to a judicial deadline of Nov. 30. The final rule has been undergoing review by the White House Office of Management and Budget since Oct. 30. OMB review is a final step that must be completed before the rule is officially released.