Biodiesel works into the nation’s fuel
Bakersfield, CA— Only three
weeks after Governor Schwarzenegger of California signed into
law a proposal authored by State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield)
that would allow public agencies and utilities to use vehicles
that run off of biodiesel and biodiesel blends, the American Trucking
Association advocated the use of biodiesel.
On October 21, 2005, the American
Trucking Associations’ board of directors revised ATA’s
alternative fuels policy to advocate the use of biodiesel in blends
up to five percent as part of the national diesel fuel standard.
ATA’s energy policy calls
for a single national diesel fuel.
At current prices, the trucking
industry, which consumes 35 billion gallons of diesel each year,
is on pace to spend an unprecedented $85 billion on fuel this
year, that accounts for as much as 25 percent of total operating
The American Trucking Association
is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.
ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of
motor carrier in the United States.
American Biofuels had recently
announced that it was expanding its biodiesel plant to 10 million
gallons per year to accommodate California’s increased need