JULY 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT
BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Bring on the biofuels. That was the word yesterday from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Beebe as he campaigned in eastern Arkansas yesterday.
Beebe said the expansion of the biofuels industry in Arkansas would provide more jobs for people. Beebe says in-state demand for the product needs to grow without requiring out-of-state producers to fill that growing demand.
According to Beebe, Arkansans would promptly feel better about paying cheaper prices at the pump and putting that money in the hands of Arkansas farmers instead of foreign nations. But he says that, on the other hand, if the production of Arkansas-made biofuels grows faster than in-state demand, Arkansas producers would likely wind up marketing the fuel out of state. He said that would mean Arkansas drivers would not get the full benefit of having a cheaper alternative to buy. Arkansas currently exports some biodiesel.
Beebe faces Republican Asa Hutchinson in the fall.