Biodiesel - a clean burning alternative fuel produced from
vegetable oils or animal fats. In 1895 Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first engine specifically to run on vegetable oil. Biodiesel
is used in diesel engines with no major modifications and is registered as a fuel and fuel additive with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Benefits - Significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve management of scarce resources, and has a long-term positive impact on our society. Provides an alternative energy solution to the fuel industry. An efficient fuel developed with products that are readily available in the current environment in order to serve the energy demands of today’s society. 

President Bush Unveils Dramatic Alternative Fuels Strategy
Bush calls for more biodiesel use and larger Renewable Fuels Standard

WASHINGTON– President Bush called for an enhanced Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that would include biodiesel and other alternative fuels to help make America more energy independent. In his State of the Union speech, the President said: “It’s in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply,” and included in his strategy a call to “...expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel.”

The President asked Congress to join him in pursuing the goal of reducing U.S. gasoline usage by 20 percent in the next ten years – or “Twenty In Ten.” Both sides of the aisle stood and applauded. “To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels by setting a mandatory fuel standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017, and that is nearly five times the current target,” he said. The RFS, established by the President and Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, has contributed to the recent growth of renewable fuels. Under the current law, fuel blenders must use 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels annually by 2012.

“We are glad to see that the President’s Twenty in Ten plan includes strong steps toward renewable energy, energy conservation and diversification, and carbon reduction,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “We hope Congress will work with the Administration in a bipartisan way to enact this kind of bold new energy policy for the good of all Americans.”

The biodiesel industry’s top legislative priorities for 2007 include extension of tax credit provisions for biodiesel, which have been very effective in helping biodiesel use triple in a year’s time. The industry will also work to ensure biodiesel programs through the upcoming Farm Bill, which is again expected to have a strong Energy Title. The President's Farm Bill proposal will include more than $1.6 billion of additional new funding over ten years for energy innovation, including bioenergy research. “America’s on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil,” Bush said. “And these technologies will help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.”

Biodiesel is a renewable diesel fuel that is made from domestic resources such as soybean oil or other domestic fats and vegetable oils. Biodiesel significantly cuts harmful environmental emissions, including carbon monoxide and life cycle carbon dioxide. Today, more than 600 major fleets use biodiesel commercially, and 1,000 retail filling stations make it available to the public.

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