Alternative fuels industry honors biodiesel chief

By | April 15, 2009
April 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. When it comes to domestic energy solutions, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe has often said there is "no silver bullet." But apparently there is a "golden bullet." Honored today with the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute's Golden Bullet Award, Jobe pointed out that biodiesel is among renewable energy solutions that, when combined, pack a powerful opportunity to lead America towards energy independence.

"Biodiesel is just one key part of the solution to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, preserve our natural resources, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and provide sustainable energy," said Jobe. "I am honored to be recognized, but thank the members of the biodiesel community, who are dedicated and persevering when it comes to ensuring America can produce its own fuel."

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute recognizes outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry. The Golden Bullet was among awards presented at the 15th national Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference and Expo 2009 in Orlando to honor leaders and organizations that further advanced technologies resulting in clean alternatives to petroleum.

"Joe Jobe's leadership has been a tour de force unifier behind the national effort to bring the biodiesel industry together and advance the use of biodiesel in our nation's fleets," said Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute's Director of Education and Business Programs, Kimberly Taylor. "A rising tide lifts all boats, and biodiesel's successful growth has a ripple effect in demonstrating that alternative fuels can power the nation."

Biodiesel use and production have increased exponentially over the last ten years. Estimated domestic biodiesel production in 2009 was 500,000 gallons. By 2008, that number grew to nearly 700 million gallons. Local, state and federal government fleets as well as private companies are making a switch to biodiesel or a blend of biodiesel and petroleum diesel as a way to minimize the negative environmental and health impacts tied to traditional diesel fuel, without negatively impacting the food supply.

Biodiesel is a sustainable, renewable alternative to diesel fuel that reduces greenhouse gases and other emissions, and is nontoxic and biodegradable. For more information about the many benefits of biodiesel visit www.biodiesel.org.



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