WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday called on Washington to pursue bipartisan solutions for climate change to protect future generations.
Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), commended President Obama for his continued focus on climate and said the biodiesel industry is poised to play a growing role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
“Biodiesel is a practical, cost-effective and bipartisan solution that’s here today to address this problem,” Steckel said. “President Obama has already proven his strong support for American-made renewable fuels, and we think there is tremendous potential for increasing the role our industry can play.”
The EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with traditional diesel. Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the country to meet the EPA’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, it is produced in nearly every state in the country. It is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines and meets a strict fuel specification. According to a recent economic study, the industry supported more than 64,000 jobs across the country in 2012. NBB is the industry trade association.