MORE BIODIESEL USE MEANS LESS ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE
Biodiesel is the most diverse fuel on the planet. It is made from regionally available, renewable resources abundant in the U.S.
And Biodiesel is less harmful than petroleum diesel if spilled or released in the environment.
That Means Better Air Quality…
Over its lifecycle, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 86 percent compared to petroleum.
With new diesel technology, biodiesel makes clean-burning engines even more environmentally friendly.
Better Water Quality…
Compared to petroleum diesel, biodiesel production reduces wastewater by 79 percent and hazardous waste by 96 percent. Biodiesel has virtually no sulfur – one of the primary contributors to acid rain.
Using waste cooking oil for biodiesel helps divert waste from landfills and sewer systems, significantly improving local water quality.
And No Additional Cropland Demands…
Additional cropland is not needed to grow materials for biodiesel; instead it uses readily available, diverse resources – from recycled cooking oil to algae. There are enough surplus stocks of U.S. fats and oils to meet near and medium term biodiesel target volumes.
MORE BIODIESEL USE MEANS LESS HEALTH RISKS
Biodiesel is non-toxic; in fact, table salt is ten times more toxic than biodiesel.
Biodiesel exhaust is far safer than exhaust from petroleum diesel when used in older diesel engines. Plus, biodiesel heats homes as cleaner-burning Bioheat®, which cuts emissions significantly over traditional oil heat.
Less Cancer Risk…
Biodiesel emissions have far lower levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrited PAH compounds, both identified as potential cancer-causing compounds.
And Less Risk of Respiratory Disease
Air pollution contributes to and worsens diseases like asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. In vehicles with older diesel engines, biodiesel produces 45-90 percent less toxic emissions than petroleum diesel.
MORE BIODIESEL USE MEANS LESS DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED FUELS
Today, nearly all of America's transportation fuel comes from one source – petroleum. Biodiesel diversifies America’s transportation energy supplies, making us less dependent on oil and less vulnerable to volatile global oil markets.
Bioheat® — a cleaner-burning home heating oil — uses biodiesel to warm the nation's homes and offices with American-made fuel.
Imported fuels keep jobs and profits overseas, often in turbulent parts of the world. Using Biodiesel strengthens our energy security while creating jobs, improving local economies, contributing to our Gross Domestic Product, and generating tax revenues.
MORE BIODIESEL USE MEANS LESS NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACTS
Less Costs in Meeting Alternative Fuel Mandates…
The Department of Agriculture and Congressional Budget Office have identified biodiesel as the cheapest alternative fuel to meet Energy Policy Act requirements.
Many fleet managers have found biodiesel a cost-effective option to comply with state and federal regulations.
Less Volatile Commodity Prices…
Most biodiesel producers can use a variety of renewable materials. Because the industry is so flexible, its impact on any specific commodity is sharply limited.
Less Price Pressure for Food…
Biodiesel production has created a strong new market for animal fats that increases the per-head value of livestock and reduces price pressures on meat and dairy products. It also lowers protein costs for animal feed.
Less Revenue Lost to Waste…
Restaurants are now earning significant income from the new demand for recycled cooking oil - a waste product many once had to pay to have hauled away.
And Less Money and Jobs Exported Overseas
The biodiesel industry supports at least 50,000 jobs, along with billions of dollars in Gross Domestic Product and household income. In many rural areas of the country, biodiesel plants are the driving force for the local economy.
In addition to affording consumers more choice, increased production of biodiesel will help expand domestic refining capacity.
The biodiesel industry also generates at least $628 million in federal, state, and local tax revenues.
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