Will Gov. Ventura body slam Minnesota's biodiesel bill?

| Friday, March 15, 2002

Although the Minnesota legislature passed its biodiesel bill, it looks as if Governor Jesse Ventura might veto the bill. Governor Jesse Ventura has until Saturday to make his decision final on Minnesota's biodiesel bill. Since the legislature sent the bill to the governor March 13, Minnesota's Star Tribune and Environment & Energy Publishing's GreenWire indicated Ventura's intends to veto the bill because it could raise prices, but his press office would not confirm his intentions.

He has until Saturday to approve or veto SF1495, which would require all diesel fuel sold in Minnesota contain a 2 percent blend of vegetable oil or animal fat by June 2005. The bill, which has been opposed by the trucking industry, passed the 2002 legislative session, after being tabled at the end of the 2001 session when the House and Senate could not agree on its content.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer recommends that all Minnesota truckers contact Gov. Ventura's office urging him to veto the legislation.

"While we think there may very well be merits in alternative fuels and biodiesel, dual quality fuel standards cannot be adopted on a per state or per community basis without creating severe economic hardships with no benefit to anyone else," Spencer said.

To contact Gov. Ventura's office before Saturday, call (651) 296-3391 or 1-800-657-3717 within Minnesota; fax your letter to (651) 296-2089; or leave feedback on the governor's web site by visiting http://www.governor.state.mn.us/feedback_from_constituents.html.

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