Wednesday, November 21, 2007

[PBN] US: Clinton commits to growing biofuel sector


Posted by Giles Clark, London
Wednesday, 07 November 2007

Yesterday (6th November) Hillary Clinton outlined the details of her
plan to dramatically increase biofuels production in an effort tackle
the USA's energy and climate challenges. Boosting biofuels production is
one of the key goals of Clinton's energy plan, which, if implemented,
would increase production of corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel
and other biofuels to 36 billion gallons by 2022 and 60 billion gallons
by 2030.

"Our nation's dependence on foreign oil places our economy at risk, our
security in jeopardy, and our planet in peril. But I believe we can
transform the way we use and produce energy - and create at least 5
million jobs in new green industries," Clinton said.

"Renewables like biodiesel can be the fuel for a brighter future. And
when I'm president, they'll also fuel a 21st century green economy that
helps us end our dependence on foreign oil and begin addressing the
climate crisis. It's time for America to retake our title as the
innovation nation and to launch a green energy revolution."

Speaking yesterday in Newton, Iowa, she emphasized that biofuels are an
essential part of her strategy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil
and catalyze a thriving renewables sector in the U.S. No state has
proven the potential of biofuels more than Iowa, which leads the nation
in biofuels output and is responsible for 32% of US ethanol capacity and
20% of biodiesel capacity. Biofuels production has helped create about
53,000 jobs in Iowa alone.

Clinton's plan will expand biofuels in Iowa and across the country by
providing new incentives for biofuel production, funding for advanced
research, support for biofuel infrastructure, and new environmental
guidelines and local ownership initiatives to ensure biofuels are
produced in a sustainable manner. These steps will help displace
gasoline consumption and create millions of good American manufacturing
jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Yesterday in Cedar Rapids, Clinton outlined a comprehensive agenda to
tackle our nation's twin challenges of energy independence and climate
change. Her plan will, she says, aggressively reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, cut foreign oil imports by
66%, and transform the USA's carbon-based economy into an efficient
green economy, creating at least 5 million jobs from clean energy over
the next decade.

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