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Biodiesel producers rejoice at new mandate for 2013

The renewable energy industry is applauding President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after the EPA approved a 28% increase in the amount of biodiesel mandated for use in trucks on the nation's highways for 2013. Biodiesel is made in a process that uses soybeans, while the production of ethanol is based on corn.
 
The president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Brad Albin, said, "I want to thank President Obama and his staff for listening to our concerns and recognizing the value and potential of America’s Advanced Biofuel—biodiesel.”
 
The biodiesel industry is celebrating because unlike mandates for the use of ethanol in the nation's fuel set forth in the 2007 Renewable Fuels Act, biodiesel didn't have a mandate until last year. That mandates set a goal of 800 million gallons. The new mandate for 2013 has been expanded to 1 billion gallons, and fell short of the 1.28 billion gallons that biodiesel producers wanted.
 
“This was an incredibly important decision, and the Obama Administration got it right,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, the industry trade association.
 
“It will allow biodiesel plants across the country to invest and expand, creating thousands of jobs. At the same time, it sends a strong signal that the U.S. is standing firm behind its commitment to producing clean, American-made energy to strengthen our energy security and break our dependence on petroleum.”
 
When the mandate was introduced in 2011 at 800 million gallons, it helped prevent the closure of several of the nation's biodiesel plants.

Ethanol production has come under fire for driving up prices on the food crop, however, there is no indication that the same will happen for soybeans. 

Source: Desmoines Register



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RE: Ugh
By Ringold on 9/19/2012 11:20:47 AM , Rating: 2
Already can see what an apologist will chime in with: But oil and nat gas output is up on his watch!

Yes, but look at the numbers, and the gains are in spite of him because the vast majority of expansion took place on privately owned land, not federal land. The left has looked on at cheap nat gas in horror; they liked natural gas as a mythical lower-carbon bridge fuel right up until the moment it became economically viable..

If he wanted robust energy sector growth, he'd of given the green light to Keystone, for example, and generally thrown open the doors to bidding on new plots of federal land, onshore and offshore, for exploration and extraction, and leaned on California and Florida to allow for more as well. There's been none of that.


RE: Ugh
By FITCamaro on 9/19/2012 11:54:58 AM , Rating: 2
The new wells were also issued permits under the Bush administration. Not Obama's.

The sole area where Obama hasn't blamed Bush.


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