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Report: Renewable Fuels Industry Supports Hundreds of Maine Jobs
04/24/2014 01:52 PM ET  

Fuels America says in Maine, the industry also contributes $165 million a year in economic output.

The renewable fuels industry maintains more than 1,100 jobs in Maine and contributes $165 million a year in economic output, according to a report released by an industry group.

Fuels America is a coalition dedicated to protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal program put in place seven years ago requiring biofuels to be blended into gasoline.

The intention was to reduce carbon, but efforts are underway at the federal level to roll back the standard amid concerns about its effectiveness.

Fuels America says that would be bad for Maine and for the country. Adam Monroe is president of Novozymes North America, which makes biofuels.

"It is amazing to me that anyone would think that this is something we should turn out backs on when the country desperately needs jobs, desperately needs renewable fuels that are good for the climate and good for our pocketbooks," Monroe said.

Monroe spoke at a telephone news conference to unveil the Fuels America report, which concludes that more than 850,000 jobs are maintained nationwide by the Renewable Fuels Standard, which also creates nearly $185 billion in economic output, the group claims.

View the Fuels America report.

This story was reported and written by Tom Porter.


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