Aviation calls for U.S. government backing to boost biofuels

August 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aviation Week

The U.S. aviation industry is pressing Congress to extend funding for goverment programs providing support to start up commercial-scale production of renewable biofuels.

With private investment still hard to find, U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) programs established under the 2008 Farm Bill are playing a key role in providing funding to scale up feedstock production and build the initial biorefineries.

Work on the 2012 Farm Bill is getting under way, and witnesses at a July 28 hearing of the Senate aviation operations, safety and security subcommittee called for USDA biomass and biorefinery assistance programs to be continued, along with biofuel tax credits and research funding. [Full story]

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