Today I issued a new press release calling for Milwaukee County to use biodiesel in its bus fleet. The advantages of doing so are a reduction in toxic exhaust, clean air, better health for everyone in the County, and added longevity of bus engines.
Please also see my announcement dated December 20, 2007 in which I hailed Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore for securing funding for the Milwaukee County Transit System to buy buses with cleaner diesel engines, which will contribute to clean air and improved transit options.
Haas Campaign: Haas calls for County to use biodiesel in MCTS bus fleet
January 15, 2008 — Milwaukee — Jason Haas, candidate for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors 14th District, seeks to improve the County’s air quality through the use of biodiesel in the Milwaukee County Transit System.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has attributed emissions from burning petroleum-based diesel as a major factor in our nation’s continuing air quality and health problems,” Haas said. “Fortunately, we can address this by using biodiesel in the Milwaukee County Transit System.
“Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel that can be made from vegetable oil, animal fats, or restaurant fry grease. Vehicles running a mixture of biodiesel and petroleum diesel have much cleaner tailpipe emissions than vehicles running straight diesel fuel.
“By using a 20 percent biodiesel blend, bus exhaust will contain less soot and lower toxic emissions. This will make taking the bus a more attractive transit option for County residents. With more people using transit, we will have fewer cars on the road and less pollution in the air.
“Finally, by using biodiesel that is made in Wisconsin, we would boost the state economy while reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
Haas supports transit initiatives including rail and an improved County bus system.
Jason Haas lives in Bay View and works as a captioning assistant at CapTel, Inc. in downtown Milwaukee. In 2006, Haas helped start the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op, a non-profit educational organization.
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