Cleanpeace.Org Reacts to State of the Union Address

President's State of the Union energy proposal continues energy dependence, high gosoline prices,and endangers national security. Fails to conserve and replace oil in largest market. Ignores peak oil, proven renewable energy technology and oil company acknowledged abundance of enough renewable energy to meet world energy needs

Published: 01-Feb-2006

Bridgeport CT  February 1, 2006 -- The energy policies the President proposed in his State of The Union Address are inadequate, will swell America’s oil dependence on the increasingly hostile and unstable Middle East, continues to create peak profits at the expense of consumers and endanger America’s national and homeland security, according to Cleanpeace.org, a non profit group advocating the replacement of oil and other depletable fuels with America’s abundant, domestic, renewable energy.

“Energy independence and security can only come from an urgent effort to create greater efficiency and replacement of oil with domestic renewable fuels, especially in the motor vehicle aftermarket where 70% of the 3.5 billion gallons of daily world oil consumption is burned in over 800 million gasoline and diesel engines.” said Bill Garrett, a former international infrastructure consultant, power developer, government official and current President and co-founder of cleanpeace.org.

He continued, “The President’s proposed policy protects the giant and wasteful motor vehicle aftermarket and excessive oil profits from conservation and renewable fuels for decades. It focuses on distant-future technologies to deal with today’s urgent oil supply needs and agricultural fuels that often consume more depletable energy to produce than the new fuel contains. This leaves the near and mid-term future to oil profiteering arising form controlled supplies, shortages, supply disruptions and the expected dangerous peaking of world oil (Peak OiI)

The United States holds less than 3% of world oil reserves, the volatile Middle East holds 50% and controls 61% via the OPEC cartel.

Earlier this month Cleanpeace.org released its Declaration of World Energy Independence, Security, and Sustainability. The Declaration set forth four principles on which an effective new energy policy act should be based. (The Declaration can be read and signed electronically at www.cleanpeace.org)

“The President’s proposal fails on all four of the Declaration’s counts. It fails to provide for a transition to abundant, domestic, renewable energy; it fails to level the energy playing field and equalize tax breaks, subsidies, and policies between depletable fuels and renewables; it fails to provide transportation funds for building infrastructure to make renewable fuels easily and conveniently available to motorists and it chooses war over law to allocate oil during shortages arising from the central issue of this century: the peaking of world oil,” said Garrett

“The retrofit technology to conserve and replace oil in farming,and transportation have been proven. The latest versions of these technologies increase gasoline engine efficiency by as much as 20% and provide for the burning of renewable liquid and gaseous fuels. At today’s gasoline prices, and with a level energy playing field, the efficiency improvements pay for the retrofit and the multi-fuel capability attracts investment in renewable fuel production.” said, Cleanpeace.org Chairman and co-founder, Roy McAlister, a scientist, engineer, inventor, author, and world authority on energy and renewable fuels.

Domestic renewable energy is abundant. In a recent article in the U K Independent Online, Jeremy Leggett, a former oil industry geologist and author of Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis cited UK government studies and Shell Oil’s 2001 book of scenarios to make his point on the abundance of renewable energy.

Leggett wrote, “…The [UK government report placed heavy emphasis on renewable energy and hydrogen rather than nuclear power. Of solar energy the report concludes, [it alone could meet world energy demand by using less than one percent of land currently used for agriculture.” And he cited the Shell Oil’s planners as mentioning that, “renewable energy holds the potential to power a future world populated with 10 billion people and do so with ease.” [at today’s average EU per-capita energy consumption.

Agricultural fuels make good politics but do little to substantially replace oil or other depletable fuels. The depletable energy required for tillage, fertilizer and weed killer production, and distillation and processing of agricultural alcohols exceeds the energy content in the fuel they produce. This limits their ability to replace oil unless they are made from agricultural wastes using renewable process energy.

"Fuel cell vehicles will not be commercially available in large numbers for at least a decade and the time and expense needed for them to replace the 800 million motor vehicles on the road today in significant numbers will require at least another decade. It will take hybrid vehicles until 2015 to have a significant impact on oil consumption and even new CAFÉ standards would take at least that long to replace a significant number of motor vehicles if they are ever enacted,” said McAlister.

“The President’s energy proposals are inadequate to deal with rising fuel prices and cripple prosperity as it drains the pockets of consumers. As competition for oil security intensifies due to the rapidly expanding economies of India and China, (over one-third of the world’s population), oil shortages are inevitable. These shortages give oil rich nations the power to chose which nations will get adequate energy supplies and prosper and which will have oil shortfalls, recessions and hardships -- unless we act now to conserve and replace oil with domestic, renewable energy to give us the energy independence our freedoms depends on.” said Garrett.

“No matter how much taxpayers fork over for military efforts in countries with oil reserves and no matter how much the profits of giant oil companies are subsidized it will not make more oil and will not provide American energy independence and economic security, but it will sacrifice our moral standing and self respect.” said McAlister.

A copy of the Declaration is available to read and sign electronically at www.cleanpeace.org.

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