NBB commends Bond's service to renewable energy

By | February 10, 2009
After 40 years of public service, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., announced he will not seek reelection in 2010, prompting a strong reaction from the biodiesel community.

"Senator Bond is a model for the kind of strong leader and courageous public servant that our country needs," said Joe Jobe, chief executive officer of the National Biodiesel Board. "He has been a pioneering leader for renewable energy and contributed greatly to the progress our country has made so far."

The NBB was formed by American soybean farmers in 1993 as a Missouri-based development group. Bond was an immediate biodiesel supporter and has been promoting the increased development of a national biodiesel industry ever since. Today, the NBB is a comprehensive national trade association with more than 400 organizational members representing more than 150 biodiesel production plants across the country.

"Bond's work helped give birth, strength and support to this emerging industry, which is responsible for bringing an estimated 20,000 green jobs and more than 700 million gallons of domestic renewable fuel to the fuel supply," Jobe said.

Bond was honored in 2001 with the NBB National Energy Leadership award.

"We admire and respect this distinguished career," Jobe said. "We also join him in his call for the country to come together to work on the significant challenges we face. We look forward to continuing to work with him during his final term in the U.S. Senate and to continue the work he has fought for in renewable energy."
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