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U.S. must 'hustle' to reach 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, ag secretary says
Kansas City Star ^ | March12, 2012 | by Cory Nealon

Posted on 03/12/2012 6:34:49 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The United States can meet President Barack Obama's goal of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, but it better get moving.

That's according to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to a 2010 Agriculture Department report, the agency plans for the U.S. to produce 13.4 billion gallons of biofuels from grasses and sugars. The rest would come from oil seeds, crop residues and wood waste.

The EPA is exploring other sources, such as animal fats, municipal solid waste and algae.

The push for more biofuels comes as other industries, such as commercial power companies, seek alternative fuel sources to comply with tougher pollution standards set by the Obama administration. For example, Dominion Virginia Power announced last year it would convert three coal-fired power plants to biomass.

Citing a Penn State University study that states the U.S. produces more than 1 billion tons of biomass a year, Vilsack said there is plenty to satisfy numerous industries. Environmental groups aren't so sure.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is concerned that companies will start removing healthy trees from forests to meet demands that are expected to grow.

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To: El Laton Caliente
The military just bought biofuel at what $26 a gallon? That should make $5 gas look cheap...

I would pay $26 a gallon if it was processed out of liberals.

41 posted on 03/13/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: Ron C.

There are 601 active producing wells in the Long Beach field near Los Angeles.

Although there are many other older wells capped, there is plenty of production continuing to drain this field.
Download the MS Excel file for District 1. The well database can be sorted by status of well, county, township, field, etc.

42 posted on 03/13/2012 5:41:10 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is this an exercise in missing the point?

To get that ethanol from corn, petroleum has to be consumed in various ways. Maybe the figure given is exaggerated but it cannot be nonzero.

43 posted on 03/13/2012 1:43:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: thackney
Well, that's an interesting database - but far from accurate, it appears. Sorting the data for district #1 shows that the only active wells are in Torrance, Whittier, and Wilmington - and I know that to be wrong. Don't know where you found the 601 producing wells in Long Beach, but I can sure see a lot of them, and in some places there are drilling rigs actively drilling away.

You can see one well being drilled at 33.812000000 -118.185600000 - and just north of that location, you can see one (probably) active pump.

Just immediately west of that location, you can see other pumps, likely active, (white pickup truck with open door beside one) - and a block further west are two more active pumps, with associated storage tanks.

Half a block to the east and south of the one being drilled is another probably active pump.

The question regarding why old capped wells in Long Beach, known to be full again, could not be opened and pumped again by the owner of the well, still remains an unanswered question - the likely impediment being federal and state government standing in the way.

44 posted on 03/13/2012 7:40:49 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

601 in the long beach oil field, not the postal address.

To address the claim of oil being left in the ground untapped, I looked at the number of actively flowing wells.

Old Abandoned wells do not just have a cap on top. They are filled with cement.

45 posted on 03/14/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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