Friday, October 22, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday a new round of payments to US farmers for growing corn and other crops destined for gas tanks. The goal is to expand domestic production of ethanol and increase consumer demand for the renewable fuel.
Vilsack said his agency would also team up with the Federal Aviation Administration to encourage development of aviation fuel from biomass and farm waste, including switchgrass.
Vilsack framed the move as a way to reduce the United States' dependence on foreign energy. "Today we still send a billion dollars a day outside our shores helping other countries' economies to grow while our economy recovers from a deep recession," he said in a speech in Washington, DC. "We can do better. We have to do better. Rural America is where we will do better," Vilsack added.
The expansion is part of a plan to boost US ethanol production from about 13 billion gallons this year to 36 billion gallons by 2022. The Environmental Protection agency recently approved a plan to increase the standard ethanol concentration in blended automobile fuel from 10% to 15% for newer cars, according to Bloomberg. Boosting ethanol production will mean the US will need more refineries. Vilsack said his agency would come up with a plan within the next two months to help fund the construction of five new refineries.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced a $2 million federal grant that will pay for the creation of green jobs, as part of MillionTreesNYC program. The mayor made the announcement on Garrison Avenue at Edgewater Road along the Bronx River, surrounded by MillionTreesNYC trainees. The ...