WASHINGTON, DC - Today, National Biodiesel Board
CEO Donnell Rehagen submitted written testimony to the House Agriculture
Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit for the hearing, "A Look at the Renewable Economy in Rural America." The testimony outlines the contribution of the clean
fuels industry in terms of jobs and value-added markets for agricultural as
well as improved environmental health and reduced associated costs for both
rural and urban communities.
our industry's clean fuels are made from an increasingly diverse mix of
resources, they "add value to fats, oils and greases that might otherwise
lead to costs for other sectors of the bioeconomy," Rehagen states in the
"clean fuel production contributes to the bioeconomy by reducing the
impacts and costs of carbon and particulate emissions," Rehagen writes.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel immediately and substantially reduce greenhouse
gas emissions in difficult-to-decarbonize transportation. And, they
significantly reduce criteria pollutants from diesel transportation and other
end uses, which can have direct benefits for both rural and urban communities,
according to the testimony.
Download the full comments here.
Kovarik, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs, added, "NBB and its members
appreciate the leadership of Representatives and Senators who are advocating a
long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive and a ten-year authorization
and funding of the biofuel infrastructure grant program in the Build Back
U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more
than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of
production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity.
Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each
U.S. bushel of soybeans.
from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil,
soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner
fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without
modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire
biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock
suppliers, and fuel distributors.