Sunday, November 21, 2004

An Open Challenge to the American People

You're probably thinking that this has something to do with Iraq. Well, it doesn't. I've been writing for awhile now about the division of the American people. So, here's my challenge to all Americans to do something about it.

And the subject is something we can ALL agree on. Well, all of us except the ultra-wealthy oil barons.

The cost of fuel.

You see, we have right now in the US an alternative fuel source. Ethanol. It's already mixed with gasoline in the US market. There are already 79 plants producing Ethanol in the US. Flexible Fuel Vehicles already burn 85% Ethanol and 15% Gasoline in the US. The problem is, most of us have no access to these vehicles or the 85/15 fuel.

Ethanol burns cleaner than Gasoline. It can be cheaper to produce than Gasoline. It's renewable, literally being solar energy converted by corn plants, which in turn is distilled into a liquid fuel.

So, what we have is a fuel that's cheaper and cleaner than gas that is renewable. As a side benefit, we can grow it right here on precious American soil and feed our own farmers instead of middle-eastern terrorists. It's a win-win situation.

Here's the challenge. I'm challenging ALL americans to demand 85/15 Flexible Fuel Vehicles to be made available to the public at a cost comparable to current gasoline vehicles. Until the American Auto Manufacturers agree, don't buy another gas-fueled car.

Some of you will probably say, "That will only make the already ailing economy worse!" You may be right, but the pain would be short term. Within 2 to 3 years, the auto market could recover as more and more americans buy the newer FFV cars so that they can take advantage of cheaper fuel. In the long term, it would be beneficial to the economy by removing the costs of foreign oil. It would also benefit the war on terror. Without the monies derived from oil sales, the terrorist would have to find a new source of funding.

The second challenge is demanding that the oil companies begin converting existing distillation facilities to produce ethanol AND that they agree only to buy corn for ethanol production from American farmers.

And then, there's the third challenge. This one is the biggest, and the most important. I'm challenging all Americans to challenge the Federal Administration to back this idea. Let's see where Dubya really stands on oil. Let's see if he's willing to put his money where his mouth is and back something that can only benefit the American people. Personally, I don't think he has the cohones. He can't back ethanol without ticking off his rich buddies in the oil industry and Saudi Arabia. I don't think the oil execs have the cohones, and I don't think the Auto makers have the cohones. Yes, I'm challenging their manhood.

If you're against cheaper fuel, a better economy, and less money for terrorists, then in my opinion, you must not be an American.

***Edit*** - For more info on Ethanol Fuel, please visit http://www.e85fuel.com/. I also emailed the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition a copy of this article.