The National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the trade association for the U.S. biodiesel industry, on Wednesday welcomed President Obama's call for boosting the production of domestic fuels and said the U.S. biodiesel industry stands ready to help the country achieve greater energy independence.

"The biodiesel industry is already poised for a record year in which we will displace nearly a billion gallons of petroleum with a renewable fuel produced right here in the United States," said Manning Feraci, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs.  "We are ready and able to meet the nation's Advanced Biofuel goals and in the process create new jobs, improve the environment and enhance the nation's energy security."

Biodiesel, which is made from a diverse mix of feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats and recycled cooking oil, is the only commercial-scale U.S. fuel to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) definition as an Advanced Biofuel.  The domestic production, distribution and use of the fuel is expected to create thousands of new American jobs in 2011.

Biodiesel is made from readily available, renewable resources. It is a domestic, sustainable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement that meets strict quality specifications.