16 June 2009 18:27 [Source: ICIS news]
DENVER, Colorado (ICIS news)--Ethanol has a vital national security role in avoiding costly entanglements like the war in Iraq by reducing the US dependency on oil imports, retired general Wesley Clark said on Tuesday.
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Clark, a former four-star general who is now co-chairman of ethanol industry association Growth Energy, said the oil dependency distorts
He called on ethanol industry participants to forcefully push the national security message in public forums.
"This is not just about business, this is about national security," he said.
Aside from reducing oil dependency, the mitigating effects of ethanol on climate change are another security advantage of the biofuel,
Global warming would create disruption in some countries, and "dislocation means conflict", he said.
"When you're selling 10m gal/year of ethanol, somebody is not selling 10m gal of something else," he said.
The challenge for industry participants is to become experts on the advantages of ethanol, so they can counter negative attention,
"You're in a crucial point," he said. "The country is taking a deep breath and asking itself, 'where are we going?'"
It is up to individuals in the ethanol sector to help the
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