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Biodiesel has strong support in Iowa, study shows

Agriculture.com Staff 01/28/2010 @ 2:25pm

Nearly 7 out of 10 Iowa voters say they want legislation to ensure the state's diesel fuel supply includes 5% biodiesel (B5), according to a new report.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board released the results of new public opinion research today to show legislators that there is strong support for the proposed Iowa Biodiesel Fuel Quality Standard legislation.

The measure, which passed the State Senate last year with bipartisan support and now awaits passage in the House, would ensure that Iowa uses one of its most prominent homegrown products. It would benefit the state’s economy, environment and energy security.

"This would create demand for 45 million gallons of Iowa-made biodiesel a year, reducing our state's use of foreign oil by a corresponding amount," said Randy Olson, IBB executive director. "Why wouldn't we use our own energy product here?"

Iowans agree. Conducted by Moore Information in December, the public opinion research found that:

  • 66% of Iowa voters said they support the B5 legislation.
  • Only 16% said they oppose it.
  • More than 4 out of 5 surveyed said they would use biodiesel if given the chance.

Nearly 7 out of 10 Iowa voters say they want legislation to ensure the state's diesel fuel supply includes 5% biodiesel (B5), according to a new report.

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