Canada is pumping $200 million into the development of
biofuels in an effort to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party,
elected in January 2006, named people to his cabinet to target a reduction in
greenhouse gases with a clean-air strategy.
And it will be farmers leading the way, according to federal
Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl.
The financial incentive will help farmers develop and invest
in regional production plants to turn renewable energy crops like soybeans into
biodiesel and corn into ethanol.
Industry insiders, according to two major Canadian news
sources - canada.com and The Globe and
Mail - are confident the government initiative will promote new biodiesel
and ethanol standards and requirements.
The government is likely to demand by 2010 that petroleum
diesel be blended with 2 percent biodiesel, and gasoline contain a similar
amount of ethanol, industry insiders said.
The target is reduced greenhouse gases, namely carbon
dioxide, that are produced through the burning of fuels.
Biodiesel and ethanol, since they are not petroleum-based,
reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter put
into the atmosphere.