Legislators prefiled two bills in the
Missouri General Assembly that would promote alternative
fuels in the state.
Sen. John Cauthorn, R-Mexico, has offered
a bill that would require all diesel fuel sold after Jan. 1, 2007, to be at
least 2 percent biodiesel.
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from agricultural
products such as grains or animal fat. It can be used alone or blended with
petroleum-based diesel. As a 2-percent blend, it can be used in any diesel
engine without modification.
Cauthorn also introduced a bill that would
require all gasoline sold after Jan. 1, 2007, to be blended with at least 10
Consumers still would be able to purchase
Both measures are intended to provide a
safe, clean, renewable fuel that would create less dependency on foreign fuels,
as well as aid
An estimated 260 to 280 million gallons of
ethanol would be needed to meet the ethanol mandate. The increased usage would
bring in an additional $15 million each year for
No estimates were provided for the
The biodiesel bill – SB732 – and ethanol
bill – SB569 – are awaiting assignment to committees for the legislative
session that begins Jan. 5.