'The Bachelor' Star Gets Political In Biofuel Fight

Chris Soules Appears In Ad Supporting Renewable Fuel Standard

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Chris Soules has gone from "The Bachelor" to "Dancing With the Stars." Now he is promoting the benefits of biofuel.

In an ad that will run on TV this week, Mr. Soules, who was also known as "Prince Farming" on season 19 of ABC's "The Bachelor," discusses the economic benefits of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard in rural America. Mr. Soules is a fourth-generation farmer in Iowa.

The spot is paid for by Growth Energy, which represents the producers and supporters of ethanol, and will air in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana through Thanksgiving. It is timed to a Nov. 30 deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency to set new targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the annual requirement for refiners to blend corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into gasoline and diesel. Lowering these levels would have a meaningful impact on farmers.

"I know about farming, but not a lot about politics," Mr. Soules says in the spot. He goes on to point out the benefits of biofuel, saying it increases jobs, lowers reliance on foreign oil and and provides cleaner air. Critics say ethanol-blended gasoline pose economic and safety risks.

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