Open Fuel Standard Act
By Alan Anderson
The status of oil as a strategic commodity, which derives from its domination of the transportation sector, presents a clear and present danger to the United States. In a prior era, when salt was a strategic commodity, salt mines conferred national power and wars were fought over the control of such mines. Technology, in the form of electricity and refrigeration, decisively ended salt's monopoly of meat preservation and greatly reduced its strategic importance. Fuel competition and consumer choice would similarly serve to end oil's monopoly in the transportation sector and strip oil of its strategic status. The current closed fuel market has allowed a cartel of petroleum exporting countries to inflate fuel prices, effectively imposing a harmful tax on the economy of the United States. Much of the inflated petroleum revenues the oil cartel earns at the expense of the people of the United States are used for purposes antithetical to the interests of the United States and its allies.
Alcohol fuels, including ethanol, could potentially provide significant supplies of additional fuels that could be produced in the United States and in many other countries in the Western Hemisphere that are friendly to the United States. Alcohol fuels can only play a major role in securing the energy independence of the United States if a substantial portion of vehicles in the United States are capable of operating on such fuels and a fuel infrastructure for E100 is built. It is not in the best interest of United States consumers or the United States Government to be constrained to depend solely upon petroleum resources for vehicle fuels if alcohol fuels are potentially available. Existing technology allows internal combustion engine cars and trucks to be produced at little or no additional cost, which are capable of operating on E100, gasoline free ethanol. The necessary distribution system for such alcohol fuel will not be developed in the United States until a substantial fraction of the vehicles in the United States are capable of operating on such fuel.
The establishment of such a vehicle fleet and distribution system would provide a large market that would mobilize private resources to substantially advance the technology and expand the production of alcohol fuels in the United States and abroad. The United States has an urgent national security interest to develop alcohol fuels technology, production, and distribution systems as rapidly as possible. New cars sold in the United States that are equipped with an internal combustion engine should allow for fuel competition by being flexible fuel vehicles as long as they are optimized for E100, not gasoline. Such an open fuel standard would help to protect the United States economy from high and volatile oil prices and from the threats caused by global instability, terrorism, and natural disaster.
The preceding was text being introduced to change an existing House Resolution in the House of Representatives: HR 1476. The U.S. government has dabbled in fuel research for decades. What can be so hard that we can’t figure out the simplest problem like what makes the best source of renewable fuel? Answer today is the same as it was 150 years ago; Sugar. What sources of sugar are out there that we can use to exploit massive amounts of fuel? Again the answer is simple: in order of availability 1) Sugar Beet, 2) Sugar Cane, 3) Sorghum. The only technology missing is engine technology. That has been around for 20 years but the only problem with that is the automakers will not use this technology until mandated by the government just like seat belts, turn signals and other safety devises we take for granted today. Maybe it’s time to put the American people ahead of the Oil Industry. Create jobs clear across America, finally have fuel for our vehicles that costs less than $2.00 a gal., and then maybe we can start bringing home soldiers and sailors who have given way too much already. Remember OIL presents a clear and present danger to the United States, but we can change it starting tomorrow after the election.