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Cultivating Homegrown Energy Solutions

Submitted by on May 24, 2017 – 5:47 pmNo Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Times/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation) …  With all the publicity around fracking, it’s easy to assume that America’s own domestic oil production is more than enough to fuel a growing economy. It certainly helps. But there’s no magic bullet that will ensure long-term American energy security.

Case in point: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that U.S. oil production slumped last year, even as U.S. drivers consumed more gasoline than any year on record. As a result, petroleum imports swelled, with the largest increase in crude oil shipments coming from Iraq and Nigeria.

Drilling is not enough. We need a truly diversified energy portfolio so consumers don’t have to worry about paying the bills every time a hurricane in the Gulf or crisis in the Middle East shuts down a few oil rigs.

To make that happen, “all of the above” must be more than a talking point. We have to harness the full range of resources back home — wind, coal, oil, biofuels and the rest.

Those who don’t follow agricultural markets may not be aware, but a strong dollar combined with increasing global competition are forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push down farm incomes for the fourth straight year in 2017. Add to that falling food prices and 2 billion bushels of surplus corn, and rural communities are facing an economic crisis larger than any since the 1980s farm bust. The Wall Street Journal called it the “steepest slide since the Great Depression.”

But, as they say, from crisis comes opportunity. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), fuel importers and refiners are required to let farmers compete at the pump, providing a growing share of the fuel mix in the form of ethanol and other biofuels made from homegrown crops. These biofuels already supply more than 10 percent of our motor fuel, and that demand has helped attract investments that now support hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

As a result, biofuels displaced 510 million barrels of oil last year alone, limiting OPEC and Russia’s grip on fuel prices, and the United States is now the world’s largest ethanol exporter.

Even when gas is cheap, ethanol costs far less than petroleum-based fuel, and it provides a natural octane boost to fuel without expensive or toxic additives like MTBE.

These simple facts explain why President Trump, Agricultural Secretary Sonny Purdue and many leaders in Congress have pledged to protect the RFS. They know that biofuels represent the single most promising opportunity to revitalize rural growth and uphold American energy security.  READ MORE

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