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Old 04-26-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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Default U.S. may legislate Open Fuel Standard Act

U.S. may legislate Open Fuel Standard Act

Washington, D.C. - Legislation that would require most new cars sold in the U.S. to be able to run on a variety of fuels has been introduced in the Senate and House.

The Open Fuel Standard Act would ensure that by 2015, at least 80 per cent of cars manufactured or sold in the U.S.
would be capable of running on a variety of fuels, including an 85 per cent blend of ethanol or methanol. Ethanol can be made from a wide variety of agricultural products, including corn and sugarcane, while methanol can be made from weeds, algae, urban garbage, coal, flared gas, and many other materials.

“Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest national security challenges facing the United States,” said Clifford May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), which commented on the bill. “There are many good reasons to support fuel choice and fuel diversity.

Members of Congress from both parties support this legislation because they recognize the need to create a competitive fuel market by breaking oil’s monopoly at the pump. Such legislation will benefit America’s national security, consumers, economy, and environment.”

Earlier this month, FDD sponsored a panel on the prospects of a “net zero” energy tax, that would ensure a minimum price for gasoline to promote investments in alternative fuels, while returning any funds collected directly to taxpayers.
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Yeah, right. I am sure we would see the money.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:20 AM   #3
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How about we remove the ethanol tariff first?
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^^And the related sugar tariffs. The whole ethanol thing is not about reducing oil imports; its about subsidizing US ethanol producers, and not just farmers but big companies like ADM
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I hope it happens I run E85 full time... I have been researching and soon there will be no stopping ethanol, They are going be able to sell it for 75 cents a gallon or cheaper in the very near future using grass(switchgrass....)

"Producing ethanol from corn requires almost as much energy to produce as it yields," he explains, "while ethanol from switchgrass can produce about five times more energy than you put in. When you factor in the energy required to make tractors, transport farm equipment, plant and harvest, and so on, the net energy output of switchgrass is about 20 times better than corn's." Switchgrass also does a far better job of protecting soil, virtually eliminating erosion. And it removes considerably more CO2 from the air, packing it away in soils and roots.

Soon enough my friends...
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