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Issue Position: Biodiesel and Wineries

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Biodiesel makes sense. Already, according to a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture report, biodiesel blends are being used in our state by public school districts, universities, national and state parks, local governments, and the Transportation Cabinet. This is another opportunity for entrepreneurship. Check out what Louisvillian Melissa Howell is organizing as part of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.

We also know that many grape growers and wineries are ready to use biodiesel fuel in their tractors and other equipment because they are concerned about the environment. And, some former tobacco farmers want to use tobacco buyout funds to help develop winery operations. All of which makes sense. Biodiesel is a proven renewable resource, used nationally by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and our armed services. In Minnesota, a statewide rule mandates that all diesel fuel sold will contain two percent biodiesel. The experts say, "When using pure biodiesel, the exhaust emissions of carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas and a factor in local smog formation) are 50 percent lower than when using petroleum diesel. The exhaust emissions of hydrocarbons, which also contribute to smog formation, are 95 percent lower."


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