Voters give a strong ‘yes!’ to biodiesel policy

By The National Biodiesel Board | January 06, 2015

The biodiesel industry’s two major policy priorities have the support of American voters, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board in November. Three out of four voters (75 percent) support a tax incentive for biodiesel, the survey found. Seventy-six percent said they support a national renewable fuel standard.

“These numbers reflect overwhelming public support for developing cleaner, alternative fuels so that we’re not so dangerously dependent on petroleum,” said Anne Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs. “These policies are popular because they are effective. We’re gradually reducing our dependence on oil. We’re reducing harmful and costly pollution. And we’re creating jobs and economic activity at home. Congress and the Obama administration should take cues from the people who elected them and step up to make sure we have strong, stable policies supporting biodiesel production.”

NBB annually surveys consumers and voters to track public opinion of biodiesel to help quantify public outreach efforts. Among other findings in the survey:

• 85 percent of respondents said a candidate’s position on energy issues was somewhat important or very important in their voting decision.
• 78 percent said a candidate’s position on alternative fuels was very important or somewhat important.
• 81 percent said they would use biodiesel if they could.
• 83 percent said they would support products or services that use biodiesel in their businesses.
• 65 percent classified biodiesel as an advanced biofuel that can help replace fossil fuels.
• 82 percent had heard of biodiesel, compared to just 27 percent in June 2004 when NBB began surveying the general public.

The survey of nearly 1,200 registered U.S. voters was conducted by Moore Information Opinion Research between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

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