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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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By danjw1 on 9/19/2012 12:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
Using food stocks for generating fuel when the country (and world) is in a drought is not a great idea. We need to be looking at algae and cellulosic ethanol, not take away from the food stocks.

RE: Bother!
By dlapine on 9/19/2012 12:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is snarky, but really, how much tofu can you eat? Soy plays a less direct role in human consumption than corn or wheat.

The reason we use soy is that we are already good at growing it and do so in record amounts. There are other oil crops we could grow to adjust for the changing climate (hotter and drier) and I suspect some farmers will look at alternatives for the next season. This season was bad.

RE: Bother!
By danjw1 on 9/19/2012 12:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
With climate change, this season may well be the new normal. Soy is also used in feed for animals, which has gone up in price significantly with the drought. Also there are any number of food products other then tofu that use soy beans. Unlike many people, I read food labels. You should go through your kitchen and look through the ingredients on the packaging, you would be surprised how many food products actually include soy products.

I really do want to see us move off of foreign petroleum imports. As a veteran, I really do want to see us move away from using the ever depleting fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Too many of Americas warriors have lost their lives and been maimed in our endeavor to protect the flow of oil to this country and our allies. I drive a hybrid and walk and bike more then I drive. I also support the rise in CAFE standards advanced by the administration.

In addition, I am concerned about the use of corn ethanol in fuel because several studies have shown that it leads to greater CO2 emissions then straight gasoline. The problem is we have several problems and importing foreign oil is only one of them. We need to take more into account then just reducing our dependency on petroleum, us much as we have to address that as well.

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