Gearing up for grassroots advocacy at June membership meeting

By NBB | May 01, 2013

The National Biodiesel Board’s June membership meeting in Washington, D.C., is one of the industry’s best opportunities to make an impact on Capitol Hill, and that should be particularly true this year as the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and renewable tax incentives are getting outsized attention.

While NBB and the industry have been successful in recent years in preserving its top priorities, the industry must continue to maintain a presence to ensure representatives in Congress are aware of the growing impact the biodiesel industry is having on the economy, energy security and the environment. There is no greater way to convey that message than with personal visits on Capitol Hill from biodiesel producers and other stakeholders.

Those who have never attended the June membership meeting or advocated in Washington are particularly encouraged to participate. The agenda will include everything needed to prepare you for Hill visits, with updates on the RFS, the biodiesel tax incentive and other programs, as well as the latest information on the industry’s economic impact, environmental benefits and other points of interest that members of Congress need to hear. NBB staff will be there to guide you through the process, provide you with the resources you need, and help organize meetings.

“Winning the tax incentive back last year and strengthening the RFS were significant victories that came only because our industry was united and engaged,” said Anne Steckel, who oversees NBB’s Washington office as vice president of federal affairs. “But we are working in a very difficult environment in Washington where the RFS and the biodiesel tax incentive are increasingly coming under attack. We urge all NBB members to attend this important meeting and make their voices heard in Congress this June.”

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