The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has approved the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008, a measure that will extend the biodiesel tax incentive through the end of next year and provides a dollar-per-gallon incentive for all biodiesel regardless of feedstock.
Passage in the committee gained the praise of the National Biodiesel Board:
“I would like to thank Chairman Rangel and the members of the Ways and Means Committee for extending and improving the biodiesel tax incentive,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). “The biodiesel tax incentive is working, and the committee’s decision to support biodiesel will help our industry improve America’s energy independence by displacing foreign petroleum with clean-burning, domestically produced fuel.”
If finally passed by Congress and signed by the president, HR 6049 will also stop what’s known as the “splash and dash” loophole that has been letting fuel produced outside of the U.S. to come into this country and then sent to another country for actual use. That issue has been a bone of contention for many American biodiesel producers and groups for some time.