Obama Kicks Off Campaign with Biodiesel Plant Tour

Alternative fuels will be an early focus of Presidential race.

Published on: Sep 2, 2008

After securing the Democratic Party's nomination for President, Senator Barack Obama visited Pennsylvania Biodiesel in Monaca, Pa. on Friday.

America 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," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. "We're pleased biodiesel will play a significant role in the presidential campaign discussion. A strategy for helping Americans end our reliance on foreign oil should be a bipartisan goal."

Pennsylvania Biodiesel President Pat Copple said that they were eager to show Obama not only how biodiesel is produced but how it is a sustainable part of an energy solution right now.

"We hope he leaves with a strong understanding of how important continued federal support is," Copple said. "Including extension of the biodiesel tax incentive."