US biodiesel industry backing Obama

The National Biodiesel Board for the US has pledged its support to Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The announcement has come after a week of confused sentiments towards renewable fuel sources coming from the Republican camp.

While current Republican US President, George Bush, is a supporter of the biofuels industry, the party stated at its recent conference in Minnesota that it would end the country's ethanol mandate if successful in its bid for the Whitehouse.

Joe Jobe, chief executive of the National Biodiesel Board, said: "America has heard Sen Obama's commitment to investment in biofuels and the opportunity for energy independence, a cleaner environment and good paying green jobs that our industry can deliver.

"We're pleased biodiesel will play a significant role in the presidential campaign discussion."

The US's renewable fuels mandate states by law that nine million gallons of biofuel ethanol must be blended into non-renewable fuels by the end of 2008.

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