Growth Energy today introduced a renewable fuels road map desigened to “help America reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create new green collar jobs and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.”
Growth Energy co-chairman, retired General Wesley Clark announced the five-point plan at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV.
The five main points of the road map include:
1. Lift the regulatory cap on ethanol in gasoline.
2. Build an alternative fuel infrastructure by increasing flex fuel pumping stations and constructing biofuel pipelines.
3. Require all vehicles sold to be Flex Fuel Vehicles.
4. Strengthen market transparency to give Americans more information about the hidden costs of foreign oil and its carbon content.
5. Adopt a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
“These are five concrete steps we can begin taking right now,” Clark said during a press conference from Las Vegas. “Within 3-4 years, if we follow this plan, we’ll have reduced our dependency on foreign oil by a million barrels a day. That’s the equivalent of taking Venezuela out of the U.S. import group.”
Clark says the plan would also create more than 136,000 new jobs and introduce more green fuel into the nation’s energy supply.
Clark was joined at the press conference by Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, and ethanol industry leaders Jeff Broin of POET and Dave Vander Griend with ICM. Listen to their opening statements here: