Biodiesel Magazine: Biodiesel Producers, Advocates from 27 States Hit Capitol Hill

Posted on June 18th, 2014

From Biodiesel Magazine (June 17, 2014):

Nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to voice concerns about the Obama administration’s proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) for biodiesel.

The biodiesel supporters, who will be visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill June 17, arrive at a critical time for the industry, which has seen widespread cutbacks this year as a result of policy setbacks in Washington. A recent national survey of producers conducted by the National Biodiesel Board found that more than half have idled a plant this year and 78 percent have reduced production from last year. Nearly two-thirds—66 percent—have already laid off employees or anticipate doing so.

“People are losing their jobs in this industry as we speak, and it’s largely because Washington has delivered sporadic, inconsistent policy,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at NBB, the industry trade association. “As President Obama has said, America should be the world leader in biodiesel and in advanced biofuels. And we can be. But we need this administration and this Congress to stand behind strong energy policy that encourages investment and growth.”

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