EPA Approves 28% Increase in Biodiesel Mandated for 2013
September 19, 2012 8:43 AM
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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.
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9/19/2012 6:31:04 PM
There was a report this week that a major coal mining company was shutting down several mines in the eastern mountain region( West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania) because they are changing from mining energy/fuel coal and are going to move operations to where they can mine coal for steel production which will be shipped to Asia. Thousands of jobs may be lost in that region alone because of many of the "mandates" that have been added in the past few years. The company said it is now more profitable to stop mining coal for fuel and move their entire operations over to the other type of coal that they can ship overseas. I am not even sure their operations will remain within the US, I need to look that up to be sure.
9/19/2012 10:11:16 PM
West Virginia isn't really a state that can afford to lose those jobs, either.
This is exactly what Obama promised the LA Times before he was elected, though; he said he'd destroy the coal industry.
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