WASHINGTON - Higher fuel economy for passenger cars, more ethanol
production and better support for plug-in hybrid research are all topics that
President Bush will push at Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
will come as part of an extensive push on energy issues that will be one of the
key pillars of the speech, as the president seeks common ground with a growing
crowd of Democrats and Republicans concerned with global warming and U.S.
dependence on foreign sources of oil.
Some expect the President will call for a massive increase in the use of ethanol in the next 25 years, but some are not convinced this is a good plan such as Alan Caruba.
AXcess News) S. Orange, NJ - Hating so-called "fossil fuels", coal, oil, and
natural gas, with a passion, the environmentalists have perpetrated every
deception possible and, among them, is the notion that Americans can avoid
destroying the Earth if they just fill up the tanks of their automobiles with
As I have pointed out in the past, the world is not running out of
oil and, here in the United States, we have enough reserves of coal to provide
electricity and other needs for centuries to come. So who has the new Democrat
majority in Congress declared persona non grata? The oil industry. Their
proposed "answer" to our transportation energy needs is ethanol.
pandering to the environmentalist's obsession over fossil fuels, Congress should
be making areas in and around the United States more accessible to exploration
and extraction of known oil and natural gas supplies. That is the true
definition of "energy independence."
This has not occurred because most of
America's onshore energy is in the West and Alaska where more than half the land
is under federal control. We are talking about estimates, according to the U.S.
Interior Department, of 187 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 21 billion
barrels of oil, representing 76 percent of onshore federal oil and gas
So what does mean for agriculture? My opinion is that the push towards bioenergy and renewable fuels is well underway and will become a viable part of the energy portfolio. The question remains regarding the economics and consumer acceptance. The present politics in Washington will most likely continue the debate and push towards ethanol and other biofuels. With the 2008 presidential election cycle now beginning this will be a very popular campaign theme in most of the candidates camps