Vilsack at Biodiesel Conference

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went from the National Ethanol Conference to the National Biodiesel Conference today in Las Vegas.

Vilsack addressed a standing room only crowd during the final day of the 10th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Beginning his second term as part of the Obama Administration, prior to taking this position he was the Governor of Iowa. Vilsack has been a leader in the support of biofuels since taking office as Governor and has continued in his current role.

vilsack-nbbVilsack said that the biodiesel industry is helping the country become secure through its innovation and products and also helping to create a new biobased economy.

There is a huge fight against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Vilsack noted that there are some who say it needs to be changed because it’s not reliable and not effective, when in fact it’s exactly the opposite. “This standard is working. It’s doing what’s its supposed to do. It’s helping to create an industry that supports jobs, improves incomes, reduces alliance on foreign oil, and gives consumers choice. It’s working,” said Vilsack.

He also noted that the reason why the biodiesel industry is being challenged is because they are winning. “Trust me,” he said. “If you were losing no one would be paying attention to you. But there is more work to do to meet these challenges.”

Vislack ended his remarks by giving the industry a couple of ideas. One of the most critical, he said, is that it is important to engage people at the state and local level to explain to them the benefits of this industry.

You have the capacity to reignite a new century of innovation and to help redefine and revitalize the American economy, said Vilsack. “And this is worth fighting for.”

Listen to Secretary Vilsack’s remarks at the biodiesel conference here: Industry Engagement Critical

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4 thoughts on “Vilsack at Biodiesel Conference

  1. Well, well, well ; wouldn’t you just know that Tom Vilsack is the former governor of Iowa and just what do we suppose is the main agricultural farm crop in Iowa ?? Small wonder Vilsack is a huge biodiesel proponent. There are reports that the main ingredient in biodiesel is conventional diesel. There were also published reports that about 2 months ago, the green Navy fueled a number of ships with biodiesel which cost $23.00 / gallon instead of using conventional diesel at approximately $3.50 / gallon. Not to be outdone by the Navy, the Airforce purchased aviation grade biofuel at a hefty price of $56.00 / gallon. If it is that the U.S. military is the only customer that can afford biofuels, maybe the only way the taxpayers can stop this outrageouse waste of money is by sequester. Bring it on !!!!

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