Senator Discusses Path to Sustainable Energy with Plant Scientists
Jun 02 2008
ST. LOUIS, MO ? U.S. Senator Kit Bond today hosted an energy roundtable at the Danforth Plant Science Center as part of a six-city energy tour across the state to talk to families and businesses about the need for common-sense solutions to our nation’s energy problem.
“Your innovations are supplying homegrown energy solutions to Missouri and the Nation,” said Bond. “The sustainable plant energy sources you are researching will provide us with clean and sustainable energy supplies.”
Leading plant and energy scientists gathered at the Danforth Plant Science Center focused on research regarding home-grown solutions to increase supply. During the roundtable, Bond stressed that families and businesses across the country are struggling with pain at the pump. Gas prices are at an all-time high—the national average is $3.80-plus a gallon—and climbing. New, cheaper, sustainable energy supplies are desperately needed, said Bond.
Bond emphasized that to get real about our energy future, America must open up supplies right here at home. Biofuels made from Missouri-grown soybeans and corn will significantly increase our fuel supply. Biofuels production is increasingly more efficient, producing more fuel with less energy and water, said Bond. Also, the increased use of ethanol is good for the environment, added Bond. The production and use of 6.5 billion gallons of ethanol in America’s automobile fleet in 2007 resulted in the reduction of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons, which is the equivalent to removing more than 1.5 million cars from the roads, noted Bond.
“I would like to super-size our success with ethanol with new supplies from grass and woodchips,” said Bond. “As with other life-sciences research, we cannot fully measure the tremendous potential this research holds.”
Congress did take one important new step to increase supplies this month by diverting additional deposits for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to consumers instead. Experts say this will reduce gas and diesel prices up to 24 cents per gallon. While halting deposits to the SPR is a good first step, it is not a comprehensive solution. We still need to do much more with biofuels, coal-produced fuels for jets and trucks, and new sources of U.S. domestic supplies, said Bond.
In addition to today’s stop in St. Louis, Bond’s “Let’s Get Real About our Energy Future” tour includes stops in Springfield, Joplin, Poplar Bluff, and Palmyra. Each stop on the tour focuses on a different home-grown and innovative solution to increase supply.