May 11, 2006
Etheridge Announces Biofuels Legislation
Legislation Will Enhance Economy, Improve Energy Independence
WASHINGTON - As North Carolina families continue to struggle under skyrocketing gas prices, U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, the co-chair of the Rural Working Group, today introduced comprehensive legislation to promote biofuels production in America. The legislation will allow America to increase its energy independence by growing fuel on America's farms.
"Rural Americans are being hit particularly hard by high gas prices. However, our farmers and our economy stand to benefit in the future from this crisis if we make a commitment now to change the way we get our fuel. The answer to our fuel crisis is growing in our fields," said Etheridge.
"By investing in biofuels, we are not only make energy more affordable, we are also investing in rural America. Every dollar we invest in domestic biofuel production is a dollar that stays in America and creates good-paying jobs. It's a win-win solution for America."
The legislation will rapidly
expand the production and distribution of biofuels, encourage the deployment
of new engine technologies for flex-fuel, hybrid and biodiesel vehicles,
and encourage cutting edge research to develop the next revolution in
The legislation will:
Increase production of American-made biofuels
Expand the Market for and Distribution of Biofuels
Research and Development to Improve Use of Renewable Energy
Encourage Local Domestic Ownership