Finally, I want to talk a little bit about ethanol. I'm a big proponent of ethanol. I like the idea of America's farmers being able to grow fuel. I like the idea of people saying, my corn crop is up and, therefore, we're less dependent on oil from somewhere. And that's what we're beginning to do. We're beginning to change driving habits of the American people by changing the fuel mix in their cars. Any vehicle can use ethanol with a concentration of less than 10 percent. With minor modifications, cars and trucks can become what's called flex-fuel vehicles that run on a fuel blend called E-85, which is a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.Read the whole thing.
And there are a lot of E-85 fueling stations now, particularly in the Midwest where they grow a lot of corn. But the idea is to be able to use your money to figure out how to use other materials to be able to manufacture ethanol. And we're close to some interesting breakthroughs; we're close to breakthroughs to be able to make ethanol from wood chips and stalks and switch grass, and other natural materials. And it makes a lot of sense if we're trying to get off oil, and it makes sense to use taxpayers' money to research ways to use switch grass, for example, to become a fuel for your automobile. I think it does.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
As Long As We're At It
Here is President Bush's speech on Advanced Transportation Technology from a few days ago. He talks about the billions of dollars that have gone into protecting and expanding wetlands, maintenance of national parks, getting farmers and ranchers to use good land practices, and developing alternative fuel sources, including hydrogen fuel cells for cars, plug-in hybrids, and tax credits for hybrid vehicles. He also discussed the development of flexible fuel vehicles:
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