Advocating for energy sources that benefit Iowa

That's the purpose behind a brand new nonprofit organization to support clean energy solutions to benefit the Iowa economy, improve the environment and strengthen our national security.

“We're committed to educating and engaging everyday Iowans and our elected officials in common-sense energy policies that will benefit our state, nation and world today, tomorrow and far into the future," said Jake Ketzner, executive director of the newly formed Iowa Conservative Energy Forum.

Ray Gaesser, a Corning farmer who is a former president of the American Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association and a 2018 candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture, will serve as the ICEF's board chair. In announcing the effort on today's Big Show, Gaesser noted that research commissioned by the organization underscores Iowa conservatives' belief that an "all-of-the-above" energy policy is the right course for the state.

"What we've found should come as no surprise, but it's a story that simply isn't being told enough: more than three of every four Iowa conservatives believe we should be pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which means lowering dependence on fossil fuels and allowing an increase in electric generation from emerging technologies like renewable energy as well as more energy efficiency," Gaesser said. "An amazing 93 percent of Iowa conservatives believe farmers and other landowners have the right to lease their land to wind companies while 85 percent believe we should continue or place more emphasis on solar power and 83 percent say we should continue or place more emphasis on producing wind energy."

He added," We've allowed the progressives to claim energy and conservation policies for too long. They don't have a corner on these issues."

Leadership Council Members:

Ray Gaesser, Corning - Chair

Chad Airhart, Dallas County Recorder, Waukee

Robert Brownell, Polk County Supervisor, Clive

Debora Blume, West Des Moines

Trudy Caviness, Wapello County GOP Central Committee chair, Ottumwa

Jeremy Davis, 2018 GOP Candidate for Treasurer, Ames

Sandy Greiner, former state representative and state senator, Keota

Darrell Hanson, former state legislator from Manchester and former Iowa Utilities Board member

Erik Helland, former state representative, Johnston

Peter Jeffries, public affairs executive, Clive

Sara Kurovski, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

Shannon Latham, vice president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds and a 2018 Iowa senate candidate, Sheffield

Aaron McKay, former Iowa director for Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. David Young, Pleasant Hill

David Oman, former chief of staff for Govs. Robert Ray and Terry Branstad and a 1998 gubernatorial candidate, Des Moines

Kathleen Parris, Conservative Activist, Audubon

Kathy Pearson, Conservative Activist, Cedar Rapids

Bob Rafferty, attorney and former Davenport state representative and Gov. Terry Branstad chief of staff, West Des Moines

Ruth Randleman, former mayor, Carlisle

Bryan Sievers, manager, AgriReNew, Glenora Feed Yards and Sievers Family Farms and former state senator; Stockton

Rob Taylor, former state representative, West Des Moines

Craig Williams, Carroll County GOP Central Committee chair, Carroll

Eric Woolson, political consultant, West Des Moines

Grant Young, Conservative Activist, Des Moines

Executive Director: 

Jake Ketzner, West Des Moines

"Individuals on our board demonstrate the breadth and depth of support among Iowa conservatives for common sense, market-based approaches to the costly, heavy-handed government-dominated policies proposed by liberals in Washington, D.C.," Ketzner said. "They are Iowans who have the pulse of their communities, have a record of leadership and accomplishment, and are committed to the cause of a better environment, stronger economy and brighter tomorrow."

Learn more about the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum on their website here, or their Facebook page here and click below to listen to Ray's full explanation during today's announcement on The Big Show.

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