The great thing about the Ethanol debate, as I’ve mentioned before, is that both sides of the political isle are finding common ground. It’s not about left or right anymore it’s about our attempt to, "Send our energy dollars to the Midwest, not the Middle East," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
The dems introduced a bill last Friday that would require ethanol to account for 11 % of all fuel for cars and light trucks by 2012. That’s 15 billion gallons…and about 2x the amount required by a bill last year.
In the Senate, Tom Harkin, D-Iowa proposed a target of 30 billion gallons of ethanol and bio-diesel combined by 2020 and 60 billion by 2030.
Some quick facts as reported by this article appearing in the Des Moines Register.
US Capacity: Ethanol plants can produce 4.5 billion gallons per year (GPY)…but facilities under construction will add 2.2 billion GPY of capacity.
Iowa Capacity: 22 plants are producing 1.3 billion gallons. Another 600 million gallons of production capacity is under way. (This is the main reason that this site exists).
Limit: 15 billion gallons of ethanol can be made without disrupting food and feed supplies according to the National Corn Growers Association.
I think that we could produce enough ethanol for the entire US right here in Iowa by using available land. Have you driven across US-80? Trust me, we can DO this.