Freedom from OPEC
Rather like the “Cookie Monster”, America’s voracious appetite for gasoline has brought the country to the tight spot it’s in today, gas prices $4 plus a gallon, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon. That’s why backing away from developing biofuels, including ethanol production isn’t even plausible; what it would be is suicidal. Representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association say that “at present ethanol is the only alternative having any impact on America’s huge oil appetite”. So why even consider stopping its production. Contrary to popular belief, the American farmer can and will meet the high demand for food, livestock feed, and ethanol if given the chance. While the inference by some world leaders of a major oil shortage is more psychological marketing to the masses than it is physical fact, (what better way to jack up the price of gasoline?), why continue to chain ourselves to the one type of fuel source primarily controlled by leaders with large egos in small third world countries? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to pursue fuel alternatives that would result in our oil independence and OPEC’s demise?