The BioEnergy Producers Association is pleased to report that AB 222,
a bill to expedite the permitting and implementation of conversion
technologies in California, passed the State Assembly yesterday by a
final vote of 54-13, with 12 abstentions.

An updated list of the more than sixty organizations that have
registered their support for this legislation is attached.

We are now working with our co-authors to finalize our strategy for
consideration of the bill by the State Senate.

During the final days before this vote, the Sierra Club informed
numerous Democratic legislators that this bill would be included on
their legislative scorecard and that a favorable vote would be used
against them when they come up for re-election. We are informed that
this tactic, which did not address the merits of the bill, had some
impact on the final outcome. The Sierra Club was the only major
environmental organization to register formal opposition to AB 222,
and that opposition came despite a major position paper in favor of
these technologies issued by the national Sierra Club and the
Worldwatch Institute this past January.

We will need your on-going vigilance and active support if we are to
bring AB 222 to final passage.

We will keep you up-to-date on our progress.

Jim Stewart
New Planet Energy
Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association


Footnote:
Think of this as a trash to fuel renewable energy bill. Be it Trash to gas, or a liquid fuel, Ca has blocked major attempts to build such refineries in Ca. This bill will clear the way for speedy implementation of these technologies in Ca.
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