The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has welcomed President Obama’s call for boosting production of domestic fuels and said the US biodiesel industry stands ready to help the nation achieve greater energy independence.
“The biodiesel industry is already poised for a record year in which we will displace nearly a billion gallons of petroleum with a renewable fuel produced right here in the United States,” said Manning Feraci, NBB’s vice-president of federal affairs. “We are ready and able to meet the nation’s Advanced Biofuel goals and in the process create new jobs, improve the environment, and enhance the nation’s energy security.”
Biodiesel, which is made from a diverse mix of feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled cooking oil, is the only commercial-scale US fuel to meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definition as an Advanced Biofuel. Domestic production, distribution, and use of the fuel is expected to create thousands of new American jobs in 2011.