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“Although not a production FlexFuel vehicle, the Corvette Z06 E85 concept pace car is a high-performance example of Chevrolet’s gas-friendly to gas-free initiative, demonstrating viable fuel solutions,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “As an ethanol refiner in his native Brazil, Emerson Fittipaldi is the fitting Chevrolet champion to help support GM’s efforts with E85 and celebrate 30 years of the Corvette pacing the Indianapolis 500.”The 92nd Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2008. It will be the Corvette’s 10th appearance as the official pace car – a record unmatched by any other vehicle.
“Most of the vehicles in Brazil are powered by ethanol produced from crops grown in the country, so I understand how a domestically produced renewable fuel can help the energy solutions of a nation,” Fittipaldi said. “And the E85-powered Z06 concept pace car proves economic and environmental consciousness can be fun and exhilarating. I can’t wait to get it on the racetrack.”Fittipaldi, whose personal cars include a Corvette Z06 and a Camaro awarded after winning the 1993 Indianapolis 500, resides in both Florida and Brazil. He has interests in several Brazilian ethanol companies and is an ardent champion of ethanol as a viable alternative to gasoline.
"What these news outlets don’t understand is that tortilla flour is made from white corn, which is completely different and separate from the yellow corn that constitutes over 99 percent of U.S. corn production and is utilized to make ethanol. White corn prices are determined by the supply and demand conditions for white corn, mostly within Mexico."He also takes on the worn-out logic that the amount of corn used for ethanol in one tank would feed a person for a year:
He concludes that the use of ethanol is good for economic security from high energy costs and that he's optimistic consumers will see through the hyperbole of the food vs. fuel debate.
Opponents of ethanol try to capitalize on straw horse arguments. For example, someone recently suggested that filling a 25-gallon tank of a sport utility vehicle with pure ethanol would require more than 450 pounds of corn, enough calories to feed one poor person for a year. As we say in Texas, that’s nothing but pure hogwash! The fact is that this year the amount of ethanol used as a component of gasoline is less than 5 percent of the total. In reality, based on the opponents’ line of reasoning, it would take only about 20 pounds of corn to fill that sport utility vehicle with pure ethanol – a far cry from 450 pounds!
"Nearly all the evidence points to factors other than ethanol demand, including an early freeze that zapped fruits and vegetables, low world supplies of wheat, milk producers’ cut ting back on production in response to last year’s low prices and the rising cost of energy."Interestingly, the CattleNetwork site ran an interview that further explained the results, How the Price of Corn Affects Food and Feed.
“The emerging ethanol industry creates new opportunities and challenges for livestock and poultry producers,” said John Lawrence, economics professor who directs the Iowa Beef Center. “On one hand, it’s use of corn presents competition for feed, but ethanol processing produces a new feedstuff, distillers grains with solubles (DGS).”The new site, Livestock and Poultry in the Bioeconomy, is available online at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/livebio.
“Cash receipts from animal agriculture make up more than half of Iowa’s cash farm receipts, and nationally livestock and poultry production is the largest use for corn,” Lawrence said. “This site is a resource for the latest research from Iowa State and other universities on feeding and managing ethanol co-products.”Dried Distillers Grains, a co-product of the ethanol process, provide an important nutrition feed source for animals.
"Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we've done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years. … To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory fuels standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 – and that is nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks – and conserve up to 8.5 billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017. … America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. And these technologies will help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change." — President George W. Bush, State Of The Union Address, 1/23/07After a long battle with Big Oil and Big Food, Congress and the Administration came together in overwhelming numbers to support an energy bill for America's future.
Interesting concept indeed. To us, this whole things seems a bit fishy or at least San Francisco clam-chowdery.
"A small fee on sweetened beverages is an interesting concept which my administration will be exploring in the coming weeks. Beverages sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup are standing in the way of our efforts to combat obesity.
"Today we make a major step with the Energy Independence and Security Act. We make a major step toward reducing our dependence on oil, confronting global climate change, expanding the production of renewable fuels and giving future generations of our country a nation that is stronger, cleaner and more secure."The new legislations give strong support to alternative fuels like ethanol. The goal is for the US to produce 36 billion gallons a year by 2022. The legislation also increases the average mileage standard to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
“DDGS imports by Japan continue to be on pace for more than 100,000 metric tons for calendar year 2007,” he said. We now see regular shipments of DDGS from the United States to Japan in both bulk vessel and container shipments.”As ethanol production increases in the United States, dried distillers grains will be a valuable co-product that will help the US continue to feed the world.
NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty opened the summit by stating,
"America is the world’s leading consumer of petroleum, using more than 7.6 billion barrels of oil a year, of which more than 60 percent is imported. If we’re to wrestle back control of our own energy future, America must devote serious attention to increasing development of alternative fuels and clean vehicles. As this conference demonstrates, governors are leading the way."
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist added, "As we work together, I am confident that by increasing our use of ethanol – as well as solar power and wind energy – we move closer to making clean energy the standard of the day."
At a press conference following their discussion, the governors released the Initiative’s "A Call to Action (pdf)," a report declaring America’s current energy path unacceptable because of escalating economic risk and serious environmental consequences. The report compels the nation’s governors to act now to solve America’s energy challenges by:
“This analysis puts to bed the argument that a growing domestic ethanol industry is solely responsible for rising consumer food prices,” said Informa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scherr. “The statistical analysis plainly details that energy-intensive activities such as processing, packaging and transporting, as well as the cost of labor, have a far greater impact on consumer food bills than the price of grain. It may be politically convenient to blame ethanol for rising food prices but it doesn’t make it factually accurate. As far as Informa is concerned, this debate is settled.”Informa has outlined a number of key findings from its report, including:
AltFuelPrices.com was originally started as CNGPrices.com when I purchased a CNG powered vehicle. There were plenty of sites out there that would tell you how much it costs to buy gas at different gas staions, but that information was lacking for alternative fuel stations, including my new CNG car. With the quickly increasing popularity of alternative fuel cars and trucks, and with a recent purchase of my own Honda Civic GX, I wanted to know CNG prices near me. So I whipped up this site to do just that. - ToddThe site has expanded to include other fuels besides Compress Natural Gas (CNG) and includes Biodiesel, E85 Ethanol, Electric, Hydrogen, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) locations. Users can submit price and location updates to help keep the site up-to-date. Todd's goal is for the site to be a good resource to others who have or are looking to purchase an alternative vehicle.
An Act to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.The bill increases the Renewable Fuels Standard to 36 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels by 2022. Under increased CAFE standards, automakers will be required to increase the average fuel economy of cars and trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.