Monday, April 21, 2008

Newt Gingrich - Bioenergy is Good for America

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in the push for American biofuels:

As a part of this mix, the federal government has recognized the importance of ethanol, making increased ethanol production a cornerstone of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007. The act calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol a year by 2022 (up from the 2007 production level of 6.5 billion gallons), of which at least 21 billion gallons will come from cellulosic ethanol.

And the law moves us toward a more energy-independent future by requiring more research and testing of moving biofuels via pipelines and higher ethanol blends.

While ethanol energy development continues to progress, this act will help solidify America's system of domestic biofuels production by discovering and dealing with challenges to its development. The expansion of biofuels production in the United States is good news. It means more of America's energy dollars will be kept within our borders and go to the Iowa or Georgia farmer rather than to the Saudi princes or the Venezuelan dictator. And that means greater rural development.

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