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NBB Applauds Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension in Build Back Better Bill

Sep 11, 2021, 8:36 AM
Extension will ensure low-carbon fuels continue to meet America’s clean energy goals

Today, the National Biodiesel Board welcomed the proposed extension through 2031 of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit in the House Ways & Means portion of the Build Back Better Act.

NBB thanked House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) as well as House and Senate co-sponsors of legislation to extend the credit, including Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

"Biodiesel and renewable diesel are clean, low-carbon fuels that are widely available today to achieve the carbon reductions Congress is seeking. These fuels are 74% less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel on average and have prevented more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, they substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, which can lower associated healthcare costs," said Kurt Kovarik, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs.

"The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to these clean, low-carbon fuels while driving economic growth and job creation. NBB and its members sincerely thank Representative Axne and Senator Cantwell along with other champions for ensuring the credit is included in this legislation."

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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