Gov. Perdue today proposed a sales tax exemption for materials and equipment used in the construction of biofuel facilities in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Speaking at the Ellenwood, GA location of BullDog BioDiesel, Perdue said:
My commitment is to provide state leadership for serious, sustained development of alternative fuel sources in Georgia. It is vitally important that we decrease our dependence on foreign oil. New alternative fuel production facilities are proving that with leadership and innovation this can be done.
Says the Business Chronicle:
The 4 percent tax incentive, an annual savings of $2 million to 4 million, will be available to facilities producing and processing certain biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel and butanol) derived from Georgia-grown agriculture products and biomass.
Fuel issues were, and are, a big part of campaigns across the nation this year, especially with previously skyrocketing gas prices and continued unrest in the world’s oilfield, the Middle East. However, I think that it’s a bit less of an issue to folks individually, and at this time, as fuel prices are nearing $2 and continuing to drop.
This issue is probably still a good one, although (a) I don’t think that it alone will really win him any votes (even from those in Ellenwood, as the biodiesel plant is only expected to employ fifteen people), and (b) any chance Sonny had of actually being respected on the environment was probably thrown out when he traded in the (D) next to his name for an (R). Is that a stereotype, and an incorrect one at that? Of course it is! However, the fact remains that the GOP reputation is poor on the environment; thus, I don’t think any enviro-friendly promises are going to sway many undecided/left-leaning voters. It’ll take a message not only near and dear to their hearts to sway votes to the right side of the aisle in this election, but it will also have to be one to which they don’t have an automatically disbelieving reaction.