Senate Democrats’ Climate Plan Includes Renewable Fuels

Cindy Zimmerman 1 Comment

The Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a plan this week to achieve 100 percent global net-zero emissions no later than 2050, which includes proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

According to the report, “If implemented properly, the RFS gives farmers revenue stability, allowing U.S. agriculture to play an important role in reducing U.S. oil usage and further supporting rural economies.”

In addition, the report suggests the potential for a federal Low Carbon Fuel Standard which “sets a maximum carbon intensity level for fuels that must be met each year, with the goal of increasing the range of commercially available low-carbon and renewable fuel alternatives.” Groundwork for that has already been set with a report released in January of this year “A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest,” developed by a broad coalition of biofuels and rural stakeholders.

“We are glad to see Senate Democrats recognize that renewable fuels like ethanol have an important part to play in our nation’s low-carbon future,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “We are pleased to see the Committee acknowledge the role the Renewable Fuel Standard has already played in reducing emissions and we welcome the report’s discussion of a potential national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This report complements the House Select Committee’s recommendations in June, and it is clear that consensus is building around the need to further reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector.”

“ACE has been laying the strategic groundwork necessary to leverage ethanol’s low carbon value in the market through new clean fuel policy solutions at the state and federal level,” said American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings. “Our engagement with Congress led the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to include a page from our Midwest Clean Fuel Policy blueprint in its June 30 report by recommending Congress develop a technology-neutral LCFS that would provide meaningful economic benefits to farmers and biofuel producers.”

The senate report also endorses the value of carbon sequestration, noting that it can help sustainable farmers survive and thrive, and cites the important growth of bio-based products as smarter and healthier alternatives to those derived from fossil fuels – using corn ethanol as a prime example.

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  1. This plan offered by Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on Climate Crisis is a fantasy because it relies on assumptions that are either untrue, will never become true, or that don’t take into account the detrimental impact that such a plan will have on the economy.

    Firstly, the plan makes the assumption that “catastrophic man-made climate change” is real. There is no proof that the climate is changing in any un-natural existential manner. There is no proof that any daily, weekly, monthly, or annual shifts are catastrophic beyond the level of catastrophe caused by any extreme commonplace storm or condition that Earth hasn’t already experienced countless times. The information that is touted by climate alarmists today is no different than the baseless predictions made numerous times over the past century, and indeed over all recorded history. There is merely conjecture based upon the presumption (or misguided hope by misanthropes) that human development must result in deadly consequences.

    Moreover, there is no proof (regardless of if and why the climate is changing) that humans can stop the change and mitigate any effects caused by such change. Again, there is merely conjecture (and maybe some misguided hope) that increased use of solar cells, wind turbines and electric vehicles can bring about desired mitigation. While I like and believe that solar power and wind turbines can play a part in providing energy, they can only do so as supplemental energy sources and not primary ones. CO2 is a natural, life giving gas. Making CO2 into a villain is an absurdity. Without it life on Earth would not be possible, just as life without oxygen would be impossible. One of the largest contributors to the production of CO2 is from the normal breathing process of all living creatures. Humans will never be able to eliminate breathing, nor will we be able to eliminate wild fires, volcanic activity, and animal flatulence – creating pollutants that will always present challenges.

    The production of electric vehicles and the production of the electricity needed to operate them bring about an entire set of conditions that exacerbate, not alleviate, the problems caused by abiotic fuels (petroleum oil and coal fuels). On top of this, the actual state of technology is such that reliance upon electric vehicles is much too premature. It is more likely that total conversion to electric vehicles will take the better part of a century, if not more, to complete. Until that time the poisoning caused by petroleum oil fuels will continue. When the time finally comes that it’s claimed that 50% or more of all new vehicles sold are electric, it will not be a time to celebrate because it means that a significant portions of new vehicles sold will still be powered by internal combustion engines. And remember much of the existing vehicles are still powered by internal combustion engines.

    If, on the other hand, catastrophic man-made climate change is real, then immediate all-encompassing action must be taken to stop the continuation of abiotic fuel poisoning. Waiting 50 years or 100 years is not an option. If the authors and supporters of the plan offered by “Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on Climate Crisis” are serious (or seriously believe their own hype) then they must opt for an immediate solution to mitigate the affects. And the only solution is to mandate world wide use of safe alcohol-based fuels. All internal combustion engines can and should be powered by such fuels, and the fuel shouldn’t be a blend of gasoline and alcohol, it should be nearly-pure alcohol with a small amount of a cold-start additive. This can be accomplished virtually overnight with little or no cost. All new internal combustion engines should be built to optimize the use of alcohol fuels. But the plan that’s proposed doesn’t do this. Their plan relies on fantasy. Their plan doesn’t even acknowledge this potential, which is how I know that the authors and sponsors aren’t serious and don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Their plan ignorantly incorporates the current circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 virus. The Covid-19 virus is an irrelevant consideration; the health risks related to petroleum oil fuels, tetraethyl lead, and coal didn’t suddenly appear with the invention of this virus; and the risks won’t be removed when and if Covid-19 is eradicated. It’s a waste of time and money to incorporate Covid-19 into this discussion. Likewise, the plan’s heightened concern for native and tribal communities is just a grandstanding pretentious irrelevant consideration. It shows the short-sightedness of the plan’s authors and sponsors, and it reveals the ridiculous lengths they will go to sell it. ALL PEOPLES’ LIVES MATTER, or no lives matter.

    The Democrats and the Republicans, and any members of other political parties, should have stopped gasoline and petroleum diesel 100 years ago. The poison unleashed by the use of tetraethyl lead did not end with the banning of much of its use. The lead remains on the ground, in the air, and it gets into the bodies of every new person from the moment they are conceived. The specific effects of lead poisoning are damage to the respiratory system and to brain functions.

    The first step is to ban the use of all petroleum oil fuels. Solar and wind power can be used, as supplemental sources of energy.

    The following editorials and essays elaborate on the information and ideas I’ve presented in the above paragraphs:

    Debunking the Myth of Man-Made Global Warming

    What Coronavirus Teaches Us About Climate Change

    Climate Change Alarmism is No Friend to Ethanol

    Tough Times Require Tough Resolute Action

    PLANET OF THE HUMANS – Film Review by Marc Rauch

    Ethanol is the SAVIOR of the Oil Industry, Convenience Store Industry, Automotive Supply Chain Industry and Much More!

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