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  • [ July 3, 2013 ]
  • Celebrate a potential future of energy independence

Energy Independence is a civilization changing idea, like freedom, one that should be thought of much like we think of our national independence—our liberty, which is both an ideal and a physical reality. Energy Independence can and should be pursued with the same patriotic spirit that fought for, won and sustains American democracy and freedom.

- Jay Hakes, “A Declaration of Energy Independence”

As the date draws nearer to July 4th, when we celebrate our nation’s independence, why not consider also the hope for energy independence for our country?

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper said, in an interview with Domestic Fuel, the ethanol industry is having a “very real” impact on reducing oil imports from 60 percent in 2005 to 40 percent now, and growing the American economy with “green” jobs and a $40 billion increase in gross domestic product (GDP).

“If we’re to continue this transition to more renewable and sustainable sources of fuel the RFS is going to continue to be a major part,” he said. “We have a long way to go from here in terms of enhancing energy security and independence and that’s why the RFS is going to continue to be a major and important piece of our energy policy going forward”

Listen to the full interview here.

Source: Ethanol Report on Independence and the RFS, Domestic Fuel

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