Ottawa, Ontario – A renewed push for the increased use of renewable fuels by U.S. president Barack Obama is “good news for Canada,” according to the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA).

Obama issued a presidential directive to aggressively accelerate the investment in and production of biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel. The initiative is intended to increase the country’s energy independence and spur rural economic development.

“President Obama’s biofuels directive will create new markets and opportunities for Canadian farmers and Canadian biofuel producers,” said Gordon Quaiattini, president of CRFA. “Renewable fuels in Canada are creating new sustainable green jobs, revitalizing rural communities, helping reduce harmful greenhouse gases, and offering consumers new choice at the pump. Every year, new advances in technologies for making renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are opening up even more opportunities and offer more economic and social benefits.”

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