Obama Visits Biodiesel Plant
Presidential Candidate Affirms Commitment to Energy Independence
and Green Jobs with Acceptance Speech and Launching his Fall Campaign
at Pennsylvania Biodiesel
Obama made one of his first stops as the official standard bearer
of his party, to tour a Pennsylvania Biodiesel, a
in Monaca, just outside Pittsburgh.
"America heard Sen. Obama's commitment to investment in biofuels
and the opportunity for energy independence, a cleaner environment
and good paying green jobs that our industry can deliver," said
Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, from the association's
headquarters in Missouri. "We're pleased biodiesel will play
a significant role in the presidential campaign discussion. A strategy
for helping Americans end our reliance on foreign oil should be
a bipartisan goal."
president of Pennsylvania Biodiesel, said that it is an honor
to have Obama
visit the plant. "We're eager not
only to show Sen. Obama how biodiesel is made, but how it is a
sustainable part of our energy solution right now," he said. "We
hope he leaves with a strong understanding of how important continued
federal support is, including extension of the biodiesel tax incentive."
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and Sen. Robert Casey were also
scheduled to attend. The state has taken a progressive approach
in passing pro-biodiesel legislation. This year, Pennsylvania passed
legislation to incentivize production, as well as a 2% mandate
that takes effect one year after in-state production exceeds 40
"Sen. Obama made a wise choice to visit a Pennsylvania plant," said
Ben Wootton, president of the Pennsylvania Biodiesel Producers
Group. "Our state is on the cutting edge of producing the
next wave of biofuels and encouraging Americans to make energy
independence an achievable goal."
There are 171 biodiesel plants nationwide. Last year, the industry
produced 500 million gallons of biodiesel. The NBB is the national
trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating
body for biodiesel research and development in the U.S. Its membership
is comprised of biodiesel producers, state, national, and international
feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, fuel marketers
and distributors, and technology providers.