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Hello from the Hawkeye State

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher
Posted August 13, 2011

Hello from the Hawkeye State. I am here in Ames with Eric Wohlschlegel, Deryck Spooner and the Iowa Energy Forum for the 2011 Republican Party Straw Poll. This is the first time the America Petroleum Institute, which sponsors the Iowa Energy Forum and 25 other Energy Forums around the country, has sponsored the Iowa Straw Poll. It is part of the organization's ongoing efforts to share with people the benefits of the oil and natural gas industry and all forms of energy to America's future. Here at the Straw Poll, Iowans are taking a similar message to the Presidential candidates.

Today was spent setting up the Iowa Energy Forum tent that includes exhibits showcasing ethanol, wind technology, a solar car, as well as the benefits of America's vast natural gas resources. We hope to host 300 Iowans in talking about the use of hydraulic fracturing, the benefits of Canadian oil sands to American jobs and our economy, and look at examples of the amazing products used in our everyday lives that are made from oil and natural gas.


There will be a big screen TV where you can follow the day's events on screen or via twitter at #IAENERGY. We also have internet access and a charging workstation for reporters and others. There are over 700 reporters expected to attend on top of 30,000 visitors. So if you are heading to the Straw Poll stop on by, it's fun for the whole family and we hope you will join us.

Contributors: Eric Wohlschlegel and Deryck Spooner.


Rayola Dougher is senior economist at The American Petroleum Institute (API), where she analyzes information, manages projects and develops briefing materials on energy markets and oil industry policy issues. She is the author or co-author of economic research studies covering a diverse range of topics including crude oil and petroleum product markets, gasoline taxes, energy conservation and competition in retail markets. In addition to testifying before federal and state legislators, she has participated in numerous newspaper, radio and television interviews on a wide range of issues affecting the oil industry, including crude oil and gasoline prices, industry taxes and earnings, exploration and production, and refining and marketing topics.

Prior to joining API, Rayola worked at the Institute for Energy Analysis where her research focused on carbon dioxide related issues and international energy demand and supply forecasts. Rayola holds a Masters degree in Economic Development and East Asian studies from the American University and a degree in History and Political Science from the State University of New York at Brockport.