Dems go green, Obama tours biodiesel plant

By | September 16, 2008
The Democratic National Convention that nominated Sen. Barack Obama for president was touted as being the "greenest political convention ever." Biodiesel was at the top of the list of green initiatives for the August event. Among many pollution and waste reduction measures, the buses and generators ran on biodiesel, thus cutting emissions of particulate matter and helping to clean the air.

The day after his Democratic Party nomination, one of Barack Obama's first stops was to tour a biodiesel plant. Obama toured Pennsylvania Biodiesel, a plant located near Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Biodiesel President Pat Copple said that it was an honor to have Obama visit the plant. "We hope he leaves with a strong understanding of how important continued federal support is, including extension of the biodiesel tax incentive," Copple said.

This year, Pennsylvania passed legislation to incentivize production, as well as a 2 percent mandate that takes effect one year after in-state production exceeds 40 million gallons.

Presidential candidates Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain have both voiced their support for renewable fuels such as biodiesel, and the National Biodiesel Board looks forward to working on energy security initiatives with whichever administration gets elected. At press time the Republican National Convention was underway in St. Paul, Minn.
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