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Grassroots Action Needed: Anti-Biodiesel Legislation Under Consideration by State Senate Commerce Committee

The Minnesota legislature is set to act on legislation aimed at undoing the Minnesota biodiesel blend requirement. The Senate Commerce Committee will be holding a hearing on Monday, March 17. Farm Bureau members need to connect with Senators on the committee, as well as their local Senator, urging them to oppose SF 2215.

 

Call your Senator and at least one member of the Senate Commerce Committee listed below and urge them to oppose SF 2215 for the following reasons:

  • SF 2215 will reduce our commitment to renewable fuel use in Minnesota.
  • The proposed language will create a cap to set a maximum level of biodiesel rather than the current minimum production levels. In addition, zero biodiesel would now be legal.
  • The added criteria in the new language sets unrealistic conditions in order to move to higher content levels. Most notably, the commissioner of public safety must certify that the quality and proposed biodiesel content by volume meets manufacturer recommendations for all diesel-powered motor vehicles registered in Minnesota, regardless of model year.
  • The ability to control the biodiesel mandate is given to the oil companies. Under the proposed changes, if the price of biodiesel is 10 cents higher than traditional diesel, an executive order must be made to adjust the mandate, with an option to reduce it to zero.

To view a copy of the proposed legislation, click here.

 

Once again, we ask that you contact your Senator and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee urging them to oppose SF 2215.

 

We also encourage your follow-up by sharing the results of your interactions with committee members.  

 

Contact Doug Busselman at Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation to report responses from committee contacts. His email is doug.busselman@fbmn.org or reach him at 612-760-7237.

 

To find contact information for your Senator, click here.

 

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee

Chairman Senator James P. Metzen

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Capitol, Room 322

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-296-4370

Email: sen.jim.metzen@senate.mn

 

Senator Vicki Jensen

Committee Vice Chairwoman

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Capitol, Room G-24

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-296-9457

Email: Click here 

 

Senator Paul E. Gazelka­ 

Ranking Minority Member

145 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

651-296-4875

Email: sen.paul.gazelka@senate.mn

 

Senator David M. Brown

109 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

651-296-8075

Email: sen.david.brown@senate.mn

 

Senator Jim Carlson

111 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-297-8073

Email: sen.jim.carlson@senate.mn

 

Senator Kevin L. Dahle

317 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

Email: sen.kevin.dahle@senate.mn

 

Senator Gary H. Dahms

121 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

651-296-8138

Email: sen.gary.dahms@senate.mn 

 

Senator Barbara Goodwin

124 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-296-4334

Email: sen.barb.goodwin@senate.mn

 

Senator Karin Housley

21 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

651-296-4351

Email: sen.karin.housley@senate.mn

 

Senator Ron Latz

303 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

Email: sen.ron.latz@senate.mn

 

Senator Sandra L. Pappas

120 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-296-1802

Email: sen.sandy.pappas@senate.mn

 

Senator Eric R. Pratt

23 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

651-296-4123

Email: sen.eric.pratt@senate.mn

 

Senator Roger J. Reinert

325 Capitol

St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

651-296-4188

Email: sen.roger.reinert@senate.mn

 

Additional Notes Regarding Biodiesel in Minnesota

  • More than 800 million gallons of diesel fuel is used annually in Minnesota, and B5 represents 40 million gallons, 5% of that total. With a capacity to produce more than 60 million gallons of biodiesel, Minnesota's biodiesel industry can meet the demand.
  • Minnesota's present blend requirements have contributed to establishing a foundation for biodiesel operations, but allowing oil companies to cut bio-blends out of their production systems will likely wipe bio-opportunities away entirely.
  • Biodiesel has been thoroughly tested since the 1980s, has an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard and is recognized by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the nation's only advanced biofuel.
  • Biodiesel boasts a very positive energy balance. For every 1 unit of energy needed to make biodiesel, it returns 5.5 units.
  • The annual output impact of producing high-quality biodiesel from Minnesota's soybean farmers is $928 million.
  • Using soybeans to produce biodiesel has increased Minnesota's soybean crop by 13 percent annually, increased Minnesota-based soybean processing capacity by 31 percent and increased the value of soybeans by 73 cents per bushel.

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