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Growing Renewable Fuels to Keep America Going

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Promoting the environmental benefits of renewable fuels is the focus of the new SmartWay Grow & Go program, recently launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Expanding the successful SmartWay Transport Partnership, SmartWay Grow & Go companies are encouraged to make commitments toward improving the environment through the use of renewable fuels.

"Through SmartWay Grow & Go, President Bush is moving the fuels of the future into the market today," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "By investing in technology that unlocks the energy from our domestic crops, EPA and our partners are bringing breakthroughs in renewable fuel from the labs to the streets."

The goal of the SmartWay Grow & Go program is to have 25 percent of EPA’s SmartWay Transport partners using renewable fuels by 2012, and 50 percent by 2020. There are currently 481 SmartWay Transport partners including major truck and rail carriers as well as shipping and logistics companies.

Leading SmartWay partners are already taking action. For example, H-E-B and Meijer are expanding the sale of renewable fuels at their retail pumps, while Coca-Cola Enterprises’ light and heavy duty fleets are expanding their use of ethanol and biodiesel as these fuels become more widely available.

Renewable fuels are available today and provide environmental benefits.  Ethanol reduces emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide and benzene, a known human carcinogen, and biodiesel provides significant reductions in carbon monoxide, particulate matter and sulfates.  Use of ethanol and biodiesel results in less greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional gasoline.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the SmartWay Grow & Go program supports President Bush’s national energy initiative to increase domestic energy supplies, encourage efficiency and conservation, and develop alternative and renewable sources of energy. The growth of renewable fuels presents an important opportunity for rural America by providing new revenue and job opportunities. From bushels to barrels, farming communities will be helping to power our cars and protect the nation’s environment.

Since 2001, the Bush Administration has provided $10 billion to support the development of cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy sources paving the way for significant advances. In addition, the President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative requests a 65 percent increase in research and development funding in FY2007 for biomass and biorefinery efforts moving the fuels of the future into the market today.

Via: (EPA)

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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