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Officials from the National Biodiesel Board are meeting with the USDA and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack over the California Air Resources Board's proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the ramifications that the legislation would have on the biodiesel industry. Biofuel proponents have been concerned about the EPA's latest proposed Renewable Fuels Standard and the way it would calculate greenhouse gas emissions related to the production of biodiesel produced from vegetable oils.
Baring a major breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol technology, the US Energy Information Administration doesn't think there's any way that the United States will meet its self-imposed Renewable Fuels Standard. The mandate in its current form would require that 36 billion gallons of ethanol be blended into conventional petroleum-based gasoline in America by 2022. Current estimates indicate that we'll reach about 30 billion gallons, about 17-percent short of the stated goal.
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