US Won’t Meet Mandated Biofuel Goals, Task Force Says

February 3, 2010 - 7:49 PM
An administration task force on energy says the United States is not likely to meet a congressional mandate to produce more biofuels.
Washington (AP) - An administration task force on energy says the United States is not likely to meet a congressional mandate to produce more biofuels.
 
President Barack Obama's working group on energy is ready to release a report on Wednesday that says the United States is producing 12 billion gallons of biofuels, those made from renewable sources such as corn or animal fat. That's far short of the 36 billion gallons Congress set as a benchmark by 2022.
 
The group, led by secretaries of energy and agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency chief, says the United States will also fail to meet a goal this year of 100 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, those made from wood, crops or other plants.
 
Obama plans to meet with the group and governors from across the country later Wednesday to talk about the next steps, which will include using tax dollars to speed up production and innovation.