Group To EPA: Hands Off Biofuels

The group Frontiers of Freedom is urging people to sign a new petition aimed at getting the Environmental Protection Agency on board with biofuel development.

The group Frontiers of Freedom is urging people to sign a new petition aimed at getting the Environmental Protection Agency on board with biofuel development.

The petition, part of the group’s “Fuels 4 Freedom” campaign, calls on the EPA “to strongly support the development of advanced biofuels and oppose any effort to reduce their use in our nation’s fuel supply.”

Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith tells Talk Radio News Service that investing in biofuels — in addition to continuing to develop traditional energy sources like oil, coal and natural gas — would allow the U.S. to truly have an all-of-the-above energy policy.

“Right now we have a none-of-the-above strategy, and that’s gonna give us higher and higher prices and more and more dependence on foreign sources and folks that are not our friends,” Landrith says. “Anybody knows, if you’re investing you wanna have a good diversification in your portfolio.”

There are several advantages to using biofuels, Landrith argues. For one, they cause hardly any damage to the environment since most of the energy derives from substances like algae, mulch, old grasses, decayed plants and even landfill waste.

“You use things that most people consider junk,” Landrith says. “So, essentially it’s like you’re turning garbage into fuel.”

Though biofuel production won’t necessarily bring down the price of gas overnight, Landrith argues that taking action now is much better than doing nothing at all.

“To me it’s a little bit like when the president says, ‘if we start drilling it won’t help tomorrow.’ Of course, nothing helps tomorrow, but we’ve been saying that for ten years now…There’s been a lot of tomorrows that we’ve lost that we could’ve gained if we’d been doing the right things all along.”

While creating a mass market for biofuels will take time, Landrith points out that in some cases, biofuels are already being blended with traditional fuel sources to power things like fighter jet engines.

Mainly, Landrith believes that biofuels represent a chance for America to become energy independent, and reduce its reliance on exports from the Middle East. To that end, he says a vote for biofuels is essentially a vote to strengthen the country’s national security.

“What we think we should do less of is import oil from countries that hate us, and when we give them the money they use it to invest against us, or fund activities that endanger our safety…America is not well-off financially, economically or even from a security perspective if we are beholden to those that hate us.”

Click the audio icon below to hear Landrith explain the motive behind his group’s campaign. (:33)

 

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.

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