Saturday, November 10, 2007

Massachusetts Warms Up to Biofuels

Massachusetts leaders announced legislation to promote advanced biofuels as a way to reduce dependence on foreign oil, capture clean-air benefits, and capitalize on clean-fuel research for economic growth and jobs.

The bill to be filed by Governor Patrick, Speaker DiMasi and Senate President Murray will require all diesel and home heating fuel sold in the Commonwealth to contain a minimum amount of renewable, biobased alternatives in their blends, with that amount rising from 2 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2013.

Several other states have biodiesel content standards, but Massachusetts would be the first to establish a biofuel standard for home heating oil – of particular significance because the Northeast makes much greater use of oil for home heating than other parts of the country.

“We need to add clean fuels to the mix today, but we also have to look ahead to the renewable fuel that will do the most good for the Commonwealth’s environment, energy efficiency and economy,” said Governor Patrick.

“New England is addicted to foreign oil. In Massachusetts alone, we spend more than $9 billion a year on petroleum, and it is very clear where most of those dollars are going,” said Rep. Delahunt, noting that Saudi Arabia alone made $160 billion in 2005 exporting oil.

“Developing cleaner fuels is not only important for our economy and our environment, it is critical for our national security. As we develop federal policies to expand the use of renewable fuels, we can do so in ways that boost efforts here in Massachusetts.”

Source: Massachusetts Governor's Office

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