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In the meantime, some airlines have also announced plans to begin or expand their use of biofuels on certain flights, or have begun offering carbon offset programs.
The regulation is meant to cut air pollution, reduce petroleum imports and support corn farmers by requiring refiners to mix billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel each year.
An on-site generator powered by biofuel supplies 80 percent of the building’s electricity and 90 percent of the heat.
Although most of that power has been replaced by a surge in solar farm construction and biofuel plants, the new plants tend to be in remote areas.
Opponents also said Harris' proposal would likely lead to biofuel no longer being sold in Louisiana and to a reduction in renewable fuels made in the state, which is what worries the agricultural industry.
Now, 38 refineries are eligible under the program — and roughly 30 of them formally asked for relief from the 2017 biofuel quotas, one person said.
The property, once the site of the nation’s largest biofuels refinery, was in violation of federal hazardous waste-management rules the first half of 2017.
Companies are using it to make cancer-curing medicines, climate-change-fighting crops, biofuel-oozing algae, and self-terminating mosquitoes.
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Did You Know?
Since the early 19th century, "fossil fuel" has been used to refer to fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas which are formed from the remains of plants and animals which have lain in the earth for millions of years. In the 1970s, a new word, "biofuel," began to be used to describe a different kind of fuel, one taken from more contemporary organic matter. These fuels include ethanol, which can be derived from such products as corn and sugarcane, and biodiesel, which can be formed from vegetable oils. These organic sources are reflected in the prefix, bio-, meaning "life" or "living organisms or tissue." The prefix bio- was borrowed from the Greek bios, meaning "mode of life."
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