Thursday, October 13, 2005

Gil backs Pawlenty ethanol plan

Minnesota’s own Rep. Gil Gutknecht, known as someone who tends to buck the party establishment, has endorsed Gov. Pawlenty’s ethanol initiative.

The United States should follow Minnesota's model of pushing for more use of renewable fuels, said Minnesota Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Rochester.

He credits Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Governor's Ethanol Coalition for supporting increased renewable fuels usage, and said their support will be critical as he and other lawmakers push a bill mandating the country use 10 percent renewable fuels by 2010.

"A goal is a dream with a deadline," Gutknecht said. The nation should pass the bill and let entrepreneurs figure it out.

It's kind of like putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth, Gutknecht said. He's talked to folks from NASA who had no idea how they'd accomplish President Kennedy's mission, but they did.

"Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those that are already doing it," Gutknecht said. "This can be done and it would make a huge difference."

The nation ought to have a goal with a specific deadline, because otherwise it won't get done, much like a smoker who always pledges to quit smoking someday and that someday never comes.
(Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin, Oct. 13, 2005)

2 Comments:

At 11:47 AM, Blogger R-Five said...

"Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those that are already doing it," Gutknecht said.

Nobody is doing it, either in terms of making a profit or reducing oil consumption, and by non-sequitur, reducing oil imports.

Ethanol is just expensive make-work for northern corn farmers. It exists only because of tax subsidized supply and legislatively mandated demand.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Gary Dikkers said...

<< He credits Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Governor's Ethanol Coalition for supporting increased renewable fuels usage, and said their support will be critical as he and other lawmakers push a bill mandating the country use 10 percent renewable fuels by 2010. >>

Mandating the entire country use ethanol blended fuels would be disastrous. Has Gutknecht or Pawlenty ever looked at the statistics the U.S. DOT keeps on fuel burned and miles driven for each state?

Using ethanol blended fuels, Minnesota's average fuel economy is 20.25 mpg. In Wisconsin, a nearby state with similar topgraphy, weather, and demography, but a state that does not mandate ethanol in motor fuel, the average fuel economy is 23.20 mpg.

Minnesota actually burns more gasoline at their higher mileage rate than they would if they stopped blending ethanol with their gas, and their fuel economy went up to Wisconsin's.

The USDOT statistics are at:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohim/hs03/htm/mf21.htm

 

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