Pataki flips stance on Renewable Fuel Standard

By Linh Ta, The Des Moines Register.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki said Saturday that he would keep the government's promise of the Renewable Fuel Standard, changing his stance on the issue since discussing it in Iowa in March.

"It's quite clear to me that when government tells people, 'If you do this, we'll do that,' government does not just have a moral, but I think it almost has a legal obligation to keep their word," Pataki said Saturday afternoon in West Des Moines. "People have invested millions and millions of dollars based on the government's commitment."

During a town hall on agricultural and rural issues, that will be televised and was sponsored by RFD-TV and Mediacom, Pataki said he is mostly for eliminating exemptions and loopholes in the tax code, but the government needs to keep its promise on the RFS.