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President’s PERSPECTIVE We May Have a Cure W Jim Smith It is time we realize that the opposition to oil exploration, though well intended, has hurt this country economically by forcing us to spend dollars overseas that could be kept at home. ith efforts at the federal level as well as efforts in a number of states, we may be moving towards a cure for something that has affected the population for a while now. The need to reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy has produced unintended consequences. The federal energy bill setting ethanol standards by a date certainly ramped up the renewable fuels industry. Couple that federal mandate with mandates similar to what was passed here in Florida, and nationwide demand for corn-based ethanol has gone through the roof. Let me say that I fully support the desire to wean ourselves oﬀ of those foreign energy sources, but I believe that in our zeal to achieve these lofty goals, we have lost sight of the true cost. Because we have chosen the path we are on, we have inadvertently caused a problem with not only our food supply but also the food supply around the world. America has long been the breadbasket of the world. Someone somewhere will have to stop and take a moment to assess the results of what we have wrought so far. Since no one seems to be stepping up to the plate, I believe that I will take that task on. Let’s see what we know so far. Yes, we need to have renewable sources of energy. No, it’s stupid to take food that we can consume and turn it into a renewable fuel. Yes, we should continue our eﬀorts to ﬁnd ways to create those types of fuel but from a source such as celluosic ethanol production. There are studies around the world where researchers are using a host of possible feedstocks, including algae. “No” is what we should say to those wailing, handwringing doomsday environmentalists who say we can’t drill for our own oil while we seek our source of renewable energy. I’m an environmentalist, just like I know most of you are. I would like the government to listen to me for a change. Why, if they do, I’ll even wear earth shoes and corduroy. Until we get where we need to go, we need to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the known reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and the recent discovery in North Dakota and Montana. It is time we realize that the opposition to oil exploration, though well intended, has hurt this country economically by forcing us to spend dollars overseas that could be kept at home. The old saying that “every cloud has a silver lining” can be applicable to where we are in our current quest for alternative fuels. We may have inadvertently found a cure to the scourge of the western world. We have no corn to feed livestock, so prices for eggs and milk and butter and chicken and beef have gone through the roof. We have no corn for cereal or for the ﬁ llers in other foods. Th is means our citizens have less money to buy food because of the high prices. Th at in turn will lead us directly to a cure for (drum roll please)…childhood obesity. So I guess things aren’t all that bad. ❍ Petrogram | Spring 2010 |
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2010
Petrogram - Spring 2010
A Celebration of the Petrogram’s 50th Anniversary
How to Stage a Great Grand Opening
FPMA Efforts to Improve the Cleanup Program
Out & About the Industry
E-10 and Single-Wall Fiberglass Tanks
Are You Ready for PCI Compliance?
Crind and Bear It
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Spring 2010
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