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Fuel to food – the perfect storm | DrivingtheNation
Fuel to Food Senate hearing On June 12, 2008 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the relationship between "food versus fuel". First, some of the facts: According to the Energy Information Administration, at the end of first week of June, 2008, the United States of America used 9,411 million barrels of motor refined gasoline. If you break this down to the lowest measure that people understand, gallons we used 4,538 gallons of gasoline a SECOND last week. According to Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, we used 9 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2008. If all cars could run on ethanol that would give us 3 1/3 days of gasoline independence. Corn ethanol, according to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) will be capped at 15 billion gallons by 2022. The rest, 21 billion gallons, must come from cellulosic ethanol. There is not one viable