Biofuels That Don’t Kill Soldiers

Friday, June 17, 2011

The following was written by Alan Anderson, a freelance writer focusing on green renewable alternative fuels such as sugar based ethanol and biodiesel. He has written for many online publications including Newsvine.com and EnergyBoom.com.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011, was a hot day clear across the country. At around 11:00am EST 72 Senators voted to destroy the American dream of being energy independent from oil. It was by all accounts a bad day in American history. This may all seem a bit dramatic to some people. There are millions of workers in the ethanol industry today who might just end up like so many of the rest of us, out of work.

So what is going to happen today, June 17th, 2011? Americans are going to wake up to renewed hope in their government again. Yes, it was a bad 24 hours, but hope is here again. Senators Grassley, Harkin, Johnson, Klobuchar, Franken, Thune and others are going to get together and fix this problem once and for all.

America needs to stop playing with corn as the primary feedstock for ethanol. Sugar-based ethanol from sugar beets, sweet sorghum and switchgrass is going to have to be developed and soon. There is room for the use of corn ethanol as a supplement to our new ethanol system but not more than half. Then we need a mandate for the auto manufactures to produce flex fuel vehicles (FFV) like they already do for Brazil (who also has sugar ethanol as their primary fuel and is not dependent on oil).

Americans talk about how free we are here. Hogwash. We’re addicted to oil and that has taken our freedom away. We support oil, we fight over oil, and oil countries control what we pay for it. That’s not freedom.

Starting today, June 17th, 2011, Americans want our leaders to get it right. We don’t have another 40 years to figure it out. Too many Americans have died for this thing we call oil. Democrats and Republicans need to realize this is our moon shot here in 2011. Get it right and you are heroes; get it wrong and we might as well just give up and invade Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A renewed ethanol business in America can put people back to work and end our country's financial problems. So let’s go senators! And feel free to ask for support from your friends in the Congress; they have a lot of great ideas too. It’s time we work together instead of working against each other. And remember, keep it a free market, so make sure oil companies lose their subsidies just like you did to ethanol. It just wouldn’t look good if you took something from the underdog but not from the bully. If we can get this done then we really are the greatest nation in the world. God Bless America.

Alan Anderson
Sacramento, CA

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