Rick Snyder (R) announced that the state will phase out the use of ethanol fuel in cars by 2021.
The move is in response to reports that the ethanol used in automobiles contributes to global warming.
The governor said the decision will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the ethanol industry by 20 percent.
He said the change is the “first step in addressing the climate crisis” and is “a big step forward for the Michigan economy.”
The move comes as a number of states across the country are beginning to phase out ethanol.
In a statement, the American Petroleum Institute said the switch to biodiesel “will save the nation billions of dollars each year, help reduce fuel consumption and create millions of jobs.”
The change is a result of a U.S. Department of Energy study, and the study concluded that the “low-emission fuels and low-emissions technologies are expected to be available in 2020 and beyond.”
“We are thrilled that the Michigan Legislature will take this important step in the right direction and help our state move toward cleaner energy and less carbon pollution,” David Wegner, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, said in a statement.
The EPA is also looking into the possibility of allowing the use as a substitute for diesel in certain areas.
“It’s a big step,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters at a press conference in Washington.
“This is a big deal.
And I think it’s going to make a big difference.”
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