US airlines back farm bill

The Air Transport Association of America has issued a statement regarding H.R. 2419, the “Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008,” commonly known as the 2008 Farm Bill.The statement reads:

“We are pleased with the energy provisions in the final version of the 2008 Farm Bill recently enacted by Congress,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May. “The legislation contains a strong commitment to the research and development of advanced renewable fuels and its report language expressly recognizes the tremendous potential that exists for renewable aviation fuel. Given the astronomical prices of jet fuel today and our interest in more environmentally friendly alternatives, the airline industry is anxious to work with the federal government to promote the rapid development of these exciting new fuel sources.”