The Biodiesel Promotion and Quality Assurance Act of 2007 (H.R. 3781), a bipartisan bill that is intended to help stabilize a domestic market for the fuel, was introduced in October by U.S. Representative Baron Hill of Indiana. The legislation, which also has ten additional sponsors, cites its goal as “to amend the Clean Air Act to promote and assure the quality of biodiesel fuel?” To achieve this, the bill proposes that a portion of America’s 60 billion-gallon diesel pool be dedicated to biodiesel and other biobased replacement diesel fuels.
“It is critical that we move America away from foreign fuels and become energy independent,” said Rep. Hill. “Biodiesel and other biobased diesel replacements offer a domestic fuel source that can be used right now to displace foreign oil. It is important for our country to move forward in an economically and environmentally responsible way, and this legislation does just that.”
The Biodiesel Promotion and Quality Assurance Act of 2007, which has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, would also create a minimum usage requirement for biodiesel and biobased replacement diesel that increases from 450 million gallons in 2008 to 1.25 billion gallons in 2012. According to the NBB, the United States uses more than 60 billion gallons of diesel every year but only 250 million gallons of biodiesel were sold in 2006. However, the biodiesel used last year reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4 billion pounds, which is equal to removing 350,000 passenger vehicles from U.S. roadways.
“This legislation is good for America’s energy security, economic growth, and the environment because it would set a floor for biodiesel demand,” said Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. “The young U.S. biodiesel industry can do more to expand America’s domestic refining capacity if this legislation is enacted. The biodiesel industry looks forward to working with Congress to pass a renewable requirement in the nation’s diesel pool as part of any effort to expand the Renewable Fuels Standard.”