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U.S. Senator Jim Talent was in Springfield today (July 5) to talk about a provision in the federal energy bill that would give subsidies to ethanol and biodiesel manufacturers. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
U-S Senator Jim Talent was in Springfield today (Tuesday) to promote a provision in the federal energy bill that gives tax incentives to ethanol and bio-diesel producers.
The provision would also require increased use of renewable energy sources by the year 2013.
Talent says increasing the use of these kinds of fuels will have a global impact.
Critics of ethanol and other renewable energy sources say producers use more fuel than they create when they make ethanol.
Talent says that's a theory large oil companies use to lobby against tax incentives for ethanol producers.
Talent says the increased use of ethanol will help keep gas prices low.
The ethanol and bio-diesel provisions that Talent supports have gained Senate approval. They're part of an Energy Bill