Friday, May 23, 2008

John Cornyn,,,,Cares about your input?


This is the response I got back from J.C.'s bot-reader in response to this letter I sent him about a month ago.

Dear Mr. P:

Thank you for contacting me about the use of ethanol and renewable fuels as part of our national energy policy. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

In an effort to protect the U.S. economy and consumers, the federal government has made a significant commitment to encourage the development of alternative fuels. Many of the government’s enacted strategies and programs have worked to help Texas become a leader in the development of several renewable transportation fuels and the largest biodiesel producer in the country. As we continue to integrate these sources of fuel into the marketplace, we must ensure that any federal mandates are attainable, not burdensome to our economy, and do not adversely affect consumers.

Ethanol is a growing industry that is helping to revitalize the rural American economy, albeit with noticeable consequences for consumers such as a rising food and fuel prices. Recently, Congress passed the CLEAN Energy Act (P.L. 110–140) to expand the renewable fuel standard from 8.5 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons of biofuels in 2022. As a result, ethanol will continue to be a growing component of our nation’s fuel supply for the foreseeable future. I understand that questions remain about the fuel economy and air quality benefit of ethanol, and we must continue to study the feasibility of adequately supplying and distributing ethanol. In addition, it is important to the economic stability of our nation to continue encouraging a variety of biofuels derived from sources that do not compete with our nation’s food supply. For these reasons, the expanded renewable fuels standard places limits on traditional corn-based ethanol while encouraging the use of advanced biofuels such as ethanol derived from plant waste and other cellulose. Research into these advanced biofuels is promising, and I look forward to swift commercialization of these alternatives in order to help alleviate the rising food prices Americans are facing at the grocery store.

My colleagues and I—along with stakeholders within the energy industry—will continue to conduct oversight on alternative energy policies to determine the most reasonable and cost-effective means of implementing alternative fuel technologies. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of all Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.


United States Senator

John Cornyn--in touch with his base.

In looking at the showtrial of "Big Oil", you'd think that no one on the highly paid staffs of those ever heard the term SUPPLY ABD DEMAND in realtionship to anything except the demands of the latest PC class and the supply of new 'rights'.

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