Senate Energy Bill Includes Renewable Fuels Standard

8-billion-gallon renewable fuels standard would not only benefit the environment, but also provide substantial market growth opportunities for traditional ethanol, cellulosic ethanol technology and biodiesel, say supporters.

Published: 27-May-2005

WASHINGTON D.C., May 25, 2005 – "The inclusion today of an 8-billion-gallon renewable fuels standard during the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's markup of comprehensive energy legislation raises the bar and sends a clear message that home-grown, renewable fuels should play a major role in America's energy independence.

"If enacted, an 8-billion-gallon renewable fuels standard would not only benefit the environment, but also provide substantial market growth opportunities for traditional ethanol, cellulosic ethanol technology and biodiesel. We encourage all members of the Senate to follow the example set by the committee, in particular Sens. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), by supporting renewable energy, passing this bill and sending it to President Bush as soon as possible.

"America's energy independence and future economic growth depend on a more diversified energy portfolio. Having an 8-billion-gallon renewable fuels standard puts us on a clear path to decrease our dependence on unstable foreign sources of energy and create new markets for America's farmers."

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