Kildee Supports Ethanol Bill to Promote Energy Independence
H.R. 4744 Would Call for Inclusion of 10% Renewable Fuel in All Gasoline Sold in U.S.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) announced his support today for a bill that would help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Kildee is an original cosponsor of H.R. 4774, introduced by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), which would require that all gasoline sold to motor vehicles in the United States contain at least 10% renewable fuel by 2012 Upton and Kildee are Co-Chairs of the Congressional Automotive Caucus.
"In his State of the Union address, President Bush said America is addicted to oil,'" said Kildee. "If we really want to end our dependence on foreign oil, we can accomplish it by ensuring that renewable resources play a bigger role in fueling our vehicles. This legislation will cut down on foreign oil consumption, create more jobs here in Michigan, help clean up our environment, and take another step toward true energy security. This bill is a good start."
Ethanol, one such renewable resource, has been used as a blend with gasoline since the 1970s and helps produce cleaner emissions from automobiles. It decreases the fuel's cost, increases its octane rating and cuts down on environmentally harmful emissions. Ethanol and its byproducts represent a wide array of economic opportunities for Michigan, merging agriculture and the manufacturing sectors to create jobs. Caro, Michigan, in Congressman Kildee's district, is home to Michigan's only fully operational ethanol plant, although four more - in Riga Township, Lake Odessa, Albion and Maryville - are in the process of being built.
E10 ethanol, a common blend of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline, can achieve an immediate and significant gasoline savings in the United States. All gasoline powered vehicles in the U.S. can currently operate on E10 without modification. E10 fuel is also safe for small engines like motorcycles, lawn mowers, boars, personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, and more. Current federal fuel specifications (EPA) allow for up to 10% ethanol blends, but making 10% the mandatory amount would save roughly 300,000,000 barrels of oil a year, based on current consumption.
H.R. 4774 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.