President Obama called on Tuesday night for a new “national mission” that would move America away from reliance on oil and toward alternative energy, pointing to the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as cause for our nation to act quickly.
Speaking before a televised audience from the Oval Office, President Obama called the oil spill a "powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean-energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America's innovation and seize control of our own destiny.” Mr. Obama then summoned the nation to transition to clean energy and to “rally together and act as one nation: workers and entrepreneurs, scientists and citizens, the public and private sectors.”
Mr. President, farmers and the renewable energy industry would love to work with you.
Could you start by making a final decision on whether to raise the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline from 10% to 15%?
Could you at least push the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to complete its long-awaited study on the impact of moving from E10 to E15? The Environmental Protection Agency made a promise in writing in December that a decision would be made by mid-June. Now the word is out that DOE tests won’t be completed until this fall.
Allowing the U.S. ethanol industry more market access is not the solution to the BP oil spill crisis. It is part of a long-term solution to our nation’s energy crisis. Ethanol currently provides almost 10% of our nation’s blended gasoline use, and it can do much more if the walls put up by the federal government are removed.