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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Iowa Voice: Iowa Will Be Energy Independent by 2025

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Voice
Iowa is going to be energy independent? Iowa? Well, I hope they know something I don't know, like the fact that a giant oil reserve is beneath Waterloo ... Oh, right, I forgot about ethanol. I applaud the sentiment and the idea, but to think that Iowa could be self-reliant and a leading exporter of energy…is a pipe dream. ... Again, although I applaud the efforts, Iowa just isn't big enough, nor is the technology anywhere near where it needs to be, for Iowa to be self-reliant, much less a leading exporter, in the next 18 years. One should mention that the ethanol we do produce is already very heavily subsidized. ... It's only been a few months, but already I feel like the Iowa legislature thinks its constituents are Berkeley professors.

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