Bush: biodiesel 'most promising' fuel to meet RFS requirements

By | April 15, 2008
President George W. Bush, while speaking at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference in March, called biodiesel the most promising renewable fuel for helping to meet renewable fuels standards included in the new Energy Bill. The WIREC conference also featured biodiesel in other ways.

"The legislation requires fuel producers to supply at least 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel in the year 2022," Bush said. "In other words, these just aren't goals, these are mandatory requirements. I'm confident the United States can meet those goals, and I know we must, for the sake of economic security, national security and for the sake of being good stewards of the environment. Biodiesel is the most promising of these fuels. Biodiesel refineries can produce fuel from soybeans and vegetable oils, and recycled cooking grease; from waste materials. All you out there with waste, you may be in business before you know it as this new technology kicks in. Most Americans-or more Americans-are beginning to realize the benefits of biodiesel every year."

Bush added, "Last year, we produced 450 million gallons of biodiesel. That's up 80 percent from 2006. ... There are hundreds of fleet operators that use biodiesel to fuel their trucks, and that's just the beginning of what is going to be a substantial change in our driving habits."

Equipment at the conference showed biodiesel in application. Volvo Group, together with Mack Trucks, featured trucks running on renewable fuels, including biodiesel, on the trade show exposition floor. The truck running on biodiesel was manufactured in Dublin, Va. Bush also visited the exhibit, commenting on the "amazing joint venture with Mack and Volvo on these giant trucks that are using biodiesel to power them." Visit www.volvogroup.com for more information.

Manning Feraci, National Biodiesel Board vice president of federal affairs, addressed conference attendees in a session. The NBB also staffed a booth at WIREC.

Read more of the president's speech at www.biodiesel.org.
 
 
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