Afghan war length reinforces US ethanol role vs oil - Clark

15 June 2010 04:03  [Source: ICIS news]

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (ICIS news)--The fact that the war in Afghanistan has now eclipsed Vietnam as the longest war in US history reinforces the importance of ethanol as a substitute for imported oil, retired general Wesley Clark said on Monday.

"What is this [war] about? Oil. Money from oil. Corruption from oil," Clark told the opening reception of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri.

The event is one of the biggest on the calendar for the industry, and Clark is one of the most prominent figures in the sector.

He commanded the NATO forces in the Kosovo conflict in the late 1990s and sought the Democratic party nomination for president in the 2004 election. He is currently co-chair of Growth Energy, an ethanol industry lobby group.

Clark said the roots of the current geopolitical tensions over oil began with the embargo by Arab exporting countries in 1973.

Even back then, "visionaries" in the US fought to start an industry that would replace imported oil and gasoline with home-produced ethanol, he said.

"We are not there yet, but we are a lot further along than we were," Clark said.

He urged the audience to fight hard for their industry, one step at a time.

"Great wars are not won in a single battle," Clark said. "Win this war for America's future."

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