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TSB testimony to NY CIty Council regarding INTRO 378, a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to reducing greenhouse gases by eighty percent by 2050

TestimonytoCityCouncil10-23-14

 

To the esteemed members of the NYC Council Committee on Environmental
Protection regarding INTRO 378, a Local Law to amend the administrative code
of the city of New York in relation to reducing greenhouse gases by eighty
percent by 2050, I offer this testimony in support of this bill;

Tri State Biodiesel has been on the forefront of the environmental movement
here in NYC for ten years operating from the conviction that implementation of
“Biodiesel”, the only renewable alternative fuel to achieve the designation of an
“Advanced Biofuel” by the EPA (requiring 50% or more emissions reduction
compared to it’s fossil fuel equivalent for this designation), is the most viable and
effective means we have immediately available to our community to reduce
harmful emissions from diesel trucks and the heating of buildings here in NYC,
which make up almost 75% of the harmful emissions which have been directly
attributed to causing the highest rates of asthma among children in the whole
country here in our city as well as a host of other pressing health and economic
issues that accompany our unnecessary addiction to fossil fuels.

Biodiesel has a solid track record of seamless functionality in a host of legacy
equipment ranging from the most complicated diesel engines powering
generators and heavy duty diesel trucks and equipment, to the most basic boiler
systems that heat everything from single family homes up to the largest buildings
in the city. At this time the biodiesel industry has matured to the point where it is
able to supply a major portion of the City’s fueling needs, and in fact NYC is
already the largest purchaser of biodiesel fuel in the country with the DSNY and
NYC Parks Dept both wholly embracing the move to B20 and beyond at their
own discretion, miles ahead of local government mandates which are already in
place to bring all municipal fleets up to speed in the coming years.
Biodiesel is the safest, cleanest, cheapest, and most socially and
environmentally responsible heating fuel currently available on the market, here’s
why;

Safer and cleaner than “Natural” Gas- When burned by the end user, natural gas
burns as clean as a B11 biodiesel blend (11% biodiesel/ 89% ULSD), however
this estimate does not take into account the huge amount of dangerous GHG
emissions released during the extraction and delivery of natural gas, essentially
reversing any emissions reductions into the negative.

This estimate also does not take into consideration the well documented
irreversible damage caused to the land and communities in areas where fracking
for natural gas is rampant. In stark contrast, Biodiesel is Non-HAZMAT, non-toxic,
biodegradable, and most importantly does not present a public safety issue
should it should leak for any reason, a risk made blatantly obvious last winter
when a gas main in Harlem leaked into the building above and exploded, which
ironically was owned and operated by anti fracking activists using B100 Bioheat®
Heating Oil to heat the building.

NYC is already well on it’s way to reversing the overall harmful emissions that
result from heating our city thanks to new low sulfur rules and the 2% Bioheat
mandate implemented in 2012, but to achieve these new goals more needs to be
done, and increasing Biodiesel mandated volume content in all heating oil and
transportation can go a long way towards helping to meet these goals. TSB has
already successfully moved over 1000 homes and buildings in NYC to B100,
pure biodiesel, with amazing success and dramatic emissions reductions.
Thankfully, with regards to mandate enforcement mechanisms, The NYC Mayor’s
Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability already has in place a clear
structure of responsibility for implementation and enforcement in the NYC Clean
Heat program which has already been very successful in reducing emissions
citywide, and with your help can move forward much more aggressively were this
council to consider and pass a minimum of a 20% mandated biodiesel content in
all heating oil, with future benchmarks raising that percentage incrementally up
the the 100% level where applicable.

TSB has already demonstrated the viability of this proposal in the field for years
now with the technical support of the Brookhaven National Labs, and is happy to
work with this council to see more aggressive mandates put into place as we did
with the previous administration to get the original Bioheat ® mandate in place in
2010.

Respectfully,

Dehran Duckworth
Managing Member
Tri State Biodiesel

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