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Very Nice Article..

 

CAROL MCALICE CURRIE

 

And as talk turned to helping some of these fledgling technologies, there also was renewed debate about the 2007 ethanol mandate that requires oil companies to mix 10 percent ethanol in most gallons of gasoline sold in Oregon.

 

About a half dozen bills were bandied about with ideas ranging from tweaking and modifying House Resolution 2210 to exempt high-octane gas to repealing the blending requirement (which helps the state comply with federal legislation) in House Bill 2559.

 

The latter action seems premature at best.

 

First, there is a federal mandate for blended fuels that almost no one thinks the Obama Administration will overturn. Hence, it's going to be around awhile, and Oregon needs to comply.

 

Second, there has been much public and private investment in ethanol infrastructure, and repealing the mandate less than 24 months after it started would undermine this capital outlay, which is not a good idea in this struggling economy. Additionally, many of these young companies such as Boardman's Pacific Ethanol plant are working with Oregon's colleges and universities on research.

 

"For the first time in Oregon's history, we're producing some of our own transportation fuel. It's about 10 percent, but it's 10 percent we don't have to import from another state or country," said Tom Koehle, a policy advisor with Pacific Ethanol.

 

Do we really want to give up this gain and stand in the way of reducing our reliance on imported oil (not to mention cleaning the air)?

 

There are growing pains with any new technology, and Oregon's biofuel and ethanol industries are simply experiencing those twinges. They are not failing, as some would allege.

 

You don't get from zero to cellulosic ethanol (created from wood thinnings or agricultural waste such as grass straw, not corn) without steps," said Brent Searle, special assistant to the state's director of agriculture. "You build the refining plants, and then they adapt to other feedstocks. It's just like computers or computer software. There's always Version 1, which is then tweaked to produce Version 2 and so on. Corn is in abundance, so that what we're using. Technology is still being pushed for cellulosic ethanol, and hydrogen is years beyond that. With the government incentives in place, we can build capacity. But it takes time."

 

The mandate probably offends those who aren't comfortable with government's intrusion into the marketplace. Some of these same people are OK with bank, airline, automaker and insurance-industry bailouts, but they balk at government giving a hand to industries trying to break into a market that's been dominated by the giant petroleum companies for a hundred years. They must also be content with sending our dollars out of state or abroad.

 

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20090403/COLUMN0101/904030345/1066/COLUMN

 

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