WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday announced a series of new measures designed to boost biofuels and clean coal development efforts.
Speaking during a meeting with a bipartisan group of state governors at the White House, Obama said he’s taking three steps to develop and commercialize a sustainable U.S. biofuels industry, including a new Environmental Protection Agency rule to implement the long-term renewable fuels production goal of 36 billion gallons by 2022, up from the current 11 billion gallons.
Also, he said, the President’s Biofuels Interagency Working Group has released its first report in which U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson lay out a strategy to meet or exceed U.S. biofuels targets.
Obama also announced the creation of an Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage to put in place a federal strategy to speed the development of clean coal technologies.
“Now, I happen to believe that we should pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill,” Obama said. “But even if you disagree on the threat posed by climate change, investing in clean energy jobs and businesses is still the right thing to do for our economy.”
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