Immediate Release - Explorers find largest new source of fuel right here in Western U.S.
Submitted by: Alan Anderson
With America in the first steps of an Oil Crisis that may rival that of the 1970s. America is at 75% of its maximum production of oil extraction from its 2 percent of the world supply. The United States will have to come to some hard decisions soon or else. One option is we invade all the OPEC nations and take control of their oil fields. The second option is much better for the U.S. and much worst for OPEC.
United States has been unknowingly sitting on the largest source of fuel to power America’s transportation sector. Energy Crop fuel is produced from non-food crops that can be made into both Advanced Biogas and Advanced Biodiesel. In the past, opponents of ethanol and other forms of biofuels have used a land use argument and food vs. fuel fairytale. These Energy Crops don’t need to grow on conventional farms as we know them, they grow anywhere that weeds will grow. That’s pretty much 85 percent of unused wasteland west of the Mississippi. One such crop is the Energy beet which is here and available today. Another is a hybrid form of soybean which can produce biodiesel. These two crops together and the land out west can change the way North America travels.
So with all this information, where do we go from here? The people of the U.S. have overwhelmingly told the government that they want to be an Oil Independent nation. In 2005, former President Bush enacted the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Then with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which mandates and increase in renewable fuels for the transportation sector. The rationale for both of these Acts was to benefit Energy Security. Technologically, the process of producing ethanol from sugar is much simpler and cost effective than converting corn to ethanol.
Let’s break down the numbers into simple terms we all can understand. Corn at its best can produce 425 gallons of ethanol per acre. Sugarcane runs between 650-725 gallons per acre. And one crop we haven’t discussed yet is Sugar Beet, traditional sugar beets produce between 700-750 gallons per acre. But wait, there is a new Sugar Beet on the market now, known as the Energy Sugar Beet. It produces between 795-850 gallons of ethanol per acre. All of these numbers come from varies reports from the USDA and DOE within the past year, so none of these statistics are from old research or data sources.
The Energy Sugar Beet even out performs the EPA and DOE standards mandating crops to be considered for advanced biofuels meet a 50% reduction in GHG threshold. The new beet far out reached that 50% and comes in at 70% GHG reduction and that is using traditional farm practices. But in studies, using non-traditional practices such as low-till and the use of biodiesel on the farms this number has moved to over 80% GHG reduction range.
Here in 2012, we look back at the long and rocky road we’ve had with oil and wonder why this has been the only option for America. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars for decades to research biofuels, paid subsidies to oil companies for their services and to farmers to produce or not to produce inefficient crops for ethanol. Research and development has been done for us for years and the results show that ethanol is the #1 option for replacing gasoline and biodiesel for replacing petrol diesel. We know that ethanol has been used here in the U.S. for years as a supplement in gasoline, and starting in the last 10yrs the Flex Fuel Vehicle has come to the market using either E85 or gasoline. These are not solutions to oil, these are band-aids used to piece together the lack of Fuel Policy. We demand better than 30yrs of wishy washy inaction, mandated policy needs to be set now. We all know politics and oil go together like milk and cookies.
There is only a few main subject to address Fuel Policy; engines, the fuels, the crops to make them.
1. Vehicles with need to be capable of running on E100 pure ethanol, or pure biodiesel.
2. Fuels to be renewable in large quantity and efficient, E100 made from sugar based crops and not starch, and Biodiesel from crop oils.
3. Crops that are the most suitable for E100 production are #1 Energy Sugar Beets #2 Sugarcane #3 Sweet Sorghum #4 Switch Grass, then Soybeans for biodiesel.
4. Unnamed fuel sources are algae and other Biomass still in research.
Besides the obvious, here are the few main reasons why this change in needed NOW!
a. American National Security: environmental and economic
b. Climate Change caused by GHG emissions
c. Fluctuating gasoline price manipulation
d. Meeting government requirements for renewable fuel by providing
large, stable market for ethanol.
e. Because we are well behind the rest of the world in Oil Independence
Congress and the Senate of the United States and every U.S. State needs to seriously begin to mandate Renewable Fuel Policy or risk losing more American lives of young service members in the quest for more oil resources including right here in America and off our coast.
E100 Engines, Sugar-Based Ethanol, Non-Food crops like Energy Sugar Beets
These are our first line of defense to Fuel Energy Independence.
Americans need to send a clear message to their Congressional and Senate representatives that we don’t support Big Oil anymore here in America. We must set policy known as The Open Fuel Standard Act now or start invading more Middle Eastern countries for their natural resources.