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Monday, May 7, 2007




It's coming, Baby . . .

The Associated Press

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


By H. JOSEF HEBERT

WASHINGTON -- Senators moved ahead Wednesday on legislation to replace one-quarter of the nation's gasoline with ethanol and set a goal of cutting gasoline consumption nearly in half by 2030.

Coal-state lawmakers tried to promote liquefied coal as a motor fuel substitute, but their effort stalled amid a debate over global warming.

The energy bill, passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 20-3 vote, would require a sevenfold increase in ethanol production, to 36 billion gallons a year, by 2022.

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The centerpiece of the bill is replacing gasoline with ethanol. Ethanol currently is made from corn. Future sources include cellulosic feedstock such as switchgrass, a hardy prairie grass in great abundance, and wood chips and corn stems.

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Reuters

Wed May 2


By Tom Doggett

The U.S. Senate may vote this month on legislation that aims to drive down gasoline demand by boosting the fuel economy of cars and trucks and increasing the use of nonpetroleum fuels like ethanol.

The Senate Energy Committee on Wednesday sent to the full chamber a bill that targets gasoline demand -- the biggest chunk of U.S. petroleum use. It also seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions spewed into the atmosphere.

The bill cleared the committee by a vote of 20 to 3.

Under the proposal, the Energy Department would have to come up with a plan to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent by 2017, 35 percent by 2025 and 45 percent by 2030.

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And with an eye toward weaning America off foreign oil, the legislation would increase the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels used in motor vehicles annually to 8.5 billion gallons in 2008, steadily boosting it to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

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If the legislation is accepted by the Senate, it still must be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President George W. Bush before it could become law.

During committee debate on the bill, the panel voted 12 to 11 against adding language to designate liquid coal as a biofuel. (It's not bad. They can still get it into the bill. NB)

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However, supporters of liquid coal countered the fuel is needed to help reduce America's addiction to oil imports. "Our dependence on foreign oil is a threat to our national security," said Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

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With the global warming paranoia proceeding unabated, the political class and general public in the US seem to set their eyes firmly on low carbon economy. For the Arabs and their oil it starts looking more and more a race against time.

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