Governor to unveil ambitious energy plan - Updated x1
Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006
The governor gets super ambitious.
Pointing to high fuel costs and dependence on foreign oil, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich wants his state to overhaul its energy sources with a strategy that experts said would be among the nationâ€™s most ambitious, including replacing half its current supply of gasoline from imported oil with that made from homegrown products in little more than a decade.
Investing $225 million to build as many as 20 new ethanol facilities, five new biodiesel facilities and four new facilities that use corn husks or other plant waste to manufacture ethanol. The increased production of ethanol and biofuels would enable Illinois to replace half of its current supply of imported oil with renewable, homegrown energy sources, according to the governor’s office.
This sounds very interesting. You can quibble here and there, of course, but how could you not be for stuff like this?
UPDATE: The Sierra Club has a few major quibbles, including this one:
It takes 4-5 gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol, and Illinois historically has lacked programs to regulate water withdrawals to ensure that large users in the wrong place do not take water needed for drinking, for wildlife, or for other uses. If 2.5 billion gallons of ethanol are produced in Illinois under this plan, it will require a tremendous amount of water.