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Kibbie Works to Expand Use of Biodiesel

By Staff | Mar 5, 2009

Senate President Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg is working to expand the use of biodiesel in Iowa to strengthen the state’s renewable energy economy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

“Biodiesel is another way that Iowa can help fuel the U.S. economy and avoid the costly, unpredictable and sometimes dangerous oil market,” Kibbie said. “We can become more independent and strengthen our local economy at the same time.”

Kibbie is introducing legislation that will require that all diesel fuel sold in Iowa contain five-percent biodiesel. Minnesota already has approved legislation requiring the B5 (five percent biodiesel) standard for diesel sold in that state.

“Let’s take the step necessary now to help this Iowa-based industry grow,” Kibbie said. “It will diversity markets for Iowa farmers and create good-paying jobs here in Iowa.”

Under Kibbie’s proposed legislation, the Iowa Department of Transportation or the Governor would have the power to suspend the B5 requirement if demand exceeds supply or if it is otherwise temporarily impractical. The bill, which has both Republican and Democratic sponsors, will be considered first by the Senate Transportation Committee. Committee chair Tom Rielly of Oskaloosa has said he supports the idea.

Senator Kibbie is the President of the Senate, vice-chair of the State Government and Rules & Administration committees and co-chair of the Ethics Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Administrative Rules Review, and Veterans Affairs committees.

Senator Kibbie represents Senate District 4, which includes the counties of Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Humboldt, and part of Webster County and the cities of Algona, Armstrong, Ayshire, Bancroft, Barnum, Bode, Bradgate, Burt, Clare, Curlew, Cylinder, Dakota City, Dolliver, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Fenton, Fonda, Gilmore City, Graettinger, Gruver, Hardy, Havelock, Humboldt, Lakota, Laurens, Ledyard, Livermore, Lone Rock, Lu Verne, Mallard, Ottosen, Palmer, Pioneer, Plover, Pocahontas, Renwick, Ringsted, Rodman, Rolfe, Ruthven, Rutland, Swea City, Thor, Titonka, Varina, Wallingford, Wesley, West Bend, and Whittemore.

Senator Kibbie welcomes ideas, suggestions, and criticism from his constituents. He can be reached via the Iowa Senate switchboard, (515) 281-3371; at his home, (712) 852-4140, or at his state email address: john.kibbielegis.state.ia.us