Change in Ethanol Policy will only help the Economic Future of U.S.
By: Alan Anderson
The answer is staring us right in the face; Sugar based ethanol made from (Energy) Sugar Beets, Sugar cane and Sweet Sorghum. All of which can be grown in the U.S. in abundance as energy crops instead of food crops. The entire R&D up to today has shown that all three have lower energy input to manufacture ethanol. With lower input and higher yields per acre it only makes sense that Energy Policy makes the change to better serve drivers across America in the coming years.
American’s across the nation are all on hard times. Costs of everything are on the rise; food, gas, consumer products. The oil business’s here in the U.S. and abroad has manipulated not just us here in America but the rest of the world. We are so dependent on foreign oil that it affects every single aspect of our lives on a daily basis. The plastics we see everywhere and the tires we drive on and countless other products we use daily including the body bags our soldiers come home in. Today we are dealing with the results of foreign oil countries using their resources to hold America hostage to their foreign policies. We are so dependent on this addiction that it has corrupted our domestic oil companies and not to mention the politics of our government leaders. We need a change in our energy policy that benefits America and not the countries that sell it to us. This is not a problem we can drill our way out of; it is a problem we must grow our way out of.
Corn prices are surging to their highest levels in years due to heavy reductions in the U.S. harvest. However, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud; sugar is going to pick up the slack for corn in a few areas. Let’s take a look at what corn and sugar have in common. They both are used as sweeteners and for ethanol production throughout the world. Don’t forget this one important fact; sugar-based ethanol produces much more energy than is produced by corn, dramatically more. Every unit of energy used to turn sugar to ethanol; 9.3x plus as much energy is created. Now compare that to corn at 4.3x energy it produces for every one spent. So it’s not hard to understand that many farmers are looking to sugar as a substitute. With the ruling by the EPA on raising the ethanol blend to 15% it only makes sense that sugar- based ethanol will be part of the solution.
E100 ethanol is what America needs to be a world leader in the automotive technology with the design of engines to run purely on E100. It is the fast track to Oil Independence and self sustainable renewable fuels energy. Cars and engines manufactured here in America, energy efficient fuels grown and produced right here in America. Yes, energy efficient fuels such as sugar-based ethanol which is proven to be the world’s cheapest form of ethanol. Not to mention it has 60% or better reduction in GHGs. But wait do we need to research this before we begin? No, the research was done over 30 years ago and even today we are still debating if oil is better than the alternatives.
As of today, there are bills in the U.S. that tackles these issues; S. 835 HR. 1476 and S. 1627. They outline many ways of taking America to a new reality of Oil Independence from foreign and domestic greed. The U.S. Government today releases grants to organizations and colleges to research the information on just this subject of feed-stocks for bio-fuels that other countries as well as our own have known for 30 plus years. What needs to be done is redistribute those monies to building an infrastructure that will move us into the 21st century and restore hundreds of thousands of American jobs starting this year. The engine technologies is already here for us to use building American cars to run on E100 that will produce 30 mpg and better while producing better than 5-10% horsepower increases.
America cannot afford to lose more lives of soldiers in our quest for securing more oil resources in foreign countries. We have all the resources right here in America; farmers, engineers, fuel stations, car manufactures and just good American know-how. What we need is every American to know that they have been lead to believe that oil is their friend. Yes oil use to be our friend over 100 years ago after we stopped using whale oil because of the shortages of whales to harvest.
E100 ethanol made from the world’s cheapest and easily renewable feedstock known to man. Sugar from Energy Beets, Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum is grown right here in the USA. Learn the facts then tell Congress and the Senate that you want real ethanol to drive in your American made car or truck.
So in conclusion, what needs to happen in America to move towards being an Oil Independent nation is we need to change our current Energy Policy, Sugar Policy, Agriculture Policy and Automotive manufacturing. We need FFVs that run on E85 and E100 to be number one priority of the Auto Industry. Sugar Industry needs to embrace stepping up processing of sugars across America. Our government also needs to put policy into place that mandates ethanol from sources other than starches. Plus, mandate the Auto industry to produce engines to run on E85 and E100 in more than 50% of all their vehicles per year. Sugar-based fuels to make E85 - E100 Ethanol and engines capable of producing 30 plus mpg and 10 % increased horsepower is what will make the U.S. an Oil Independent nation.
So with the other forms of energy such as Wind, Solar, and biomass fuel sources we can make the United States a real Energy Independent nation for us and our future generations to come. This will put us back on top as a World Power in technology and economics.