Survey shows Americans want renewable fuels

By | June 01, 2005
The NBB and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) recently released the results of a national survey of registered voters conducted by Moore Information. According to the results, 74 percent of registered voters support establishing an 8 billion gallon per year renewable fuels standard (RFS) in an effort to improve air quality and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Support for the RFS is strong regardless of party affiliation, geographic location or other demographics.

There are RFS bills under consideration in Congress. The energy bill approved by the House of Representatives includes a 5 billion-gallon RFS by 2012, and the Senate is also expected to introduce an energy bill with an RFS provision. A separate House bill sets the RFS at 8 billion gallons.

The same survey also found that 79 percent of registered voters support extending the current biodiesel federal tax incentive in order to encourage biodiesel use in the United States. Last fall, Congress approved a two-year tax incentive for biodiesel that took effect Jan. 1, 2005. Extending the incentive is key to greater reliance on cleaner burning biodiesel in America and remains the biodiesel industry's No. 1 priority.
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