California State Senator Christine Kehoe's measure to increase the state's use of biodiesel by 2008 continued to progress through the legislature yesterday when it passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a vote of 4 to 2. Senate Bill 1675 requires that biodiesel be blended into the state's existing diesel fuel supply at a level of 2% by 2008, and 5% by 2010.

"Biodiesel is clean, renewable, and can be produced in state on California farmland. By blending it into the state's existing fuel supply, it will not only improve our air quality, it will help California secure its independence from big oil and over reliance on oil imports." -- Christine Kehoe, California State Senator