Domestic Alternative Fuels Act Introduced

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow ethanol “produced from domestic fossil fuels other than petroleum” to qualify under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).

The Domestic Alternative Fuels Act would amend the Renewable Fuel Program of the Clean Air Act “to allow domestic alternative fuel to be used to satisfy a portion of the required applicable volume of renewable fuel.”

If passed, it would allow ethanol produced from domestic hydrocarbons to satisfy the RFS requirement for using conventional biofuel, such as corn-based ethanol, to reduce the quantity of petroleum used in transportation fuel.

The provision would include ethanol made from coal, petroleum coke or natural gas, pioneered by technology developed by the Dallas-based company Celanese.

Steven Sterin, Celanese Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer and President of its Advanced Fuel Technologies business, issued the following endorsement of this significant legislative development.

“Our nation’s plentiful natural energy resources, such as natural gas, are a tremendous asset and can drive the economic growth of the United States for years to come,” said Celanese CEO Steven Sterin. “Rep. Olson’s bill creates conditions under which American innovation can achieve these goals without using valuable food resources for the production of liquid fuel.”

Rep. Olson’s bill, the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act of 2012, has bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, including cosponsors Rep. Joe R. Pitts (R-PA), Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX), and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA).

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