ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups and renewable energy advocates want New York to require all heating oil sold in the state to include at least 2 percent biodiesel.
The proposal passed the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Conservation Tuesday. Its sponsor is Assemblyman Steven Englebright, a Long Island Democrat who says a biodiesel standard would reduce carbon emissions while boosting the state’s agricultural industry.
Biodiesel is made from vegetable oils and animal fats and can be blended with traditional heating oil.
Supporters of a biodiesel standard include the New York League of Conservation Voters, the New York Public Interest Research Group and the state’s Corn and Soybean Growers Association.
Conventional oil companies are opposed. The American Petroleum Institute says the mandate could lead to an increase in prices.
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