The Way I See It

Energy Bill Accolades
By Mike Bryan | January 10, 2008
As we might expect, there has been a great deal of attention surrounding the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. While we need to applaud this presidential administration for its efforts to support such legislation, we also have to recognize Congress for its overwhelming support of renewable energy.

It has long been recognized that the United States needed to muster its national will in order to forward the cause of energy independence. Clearly, the actions of Congress and the president demonstrated that will. The reasons for the broad base support for this bill were as varied as the number of supporters it garnered. Economic development, the war in Iraq, the price of oil, energy independence, the environment the list goes on. It seems no matter what the reason for supporting the legislation, there was something in it for almost everyone. It truly was an across-the-board action taken for American security.

Of course, there is a great deal of chest thumping going on now regarding who played the biggest role in getting this legislation through Congress and to the president's desk for his signature. While there is ample praise to go aroundand there were, in fact, many contributors to its passagewe have to recognize the American farmer as providing the underpinning of success. Also, the Renewable Fuels Association did a remarkable job of building agricultural and industry coalitions in support of this bill. As we move toward the annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 25-27, we need to recognize the Herculean efforts of Bob Dinneen and his team at the RFA.
I know there were many others who contributed, and if I start to list them, surely some individual or group will be missed. But please take the time to thank the RFA, the National Corn Growers Association and the American farmer for the work done to reach passage of this landmark legislation.

In the years ahead, efforts will continue to expand the renewable energy industry beyond 36 billion gallons. The opportunities are endless, and the need expands with every drop of oil that we extract from the ground. For now, let's not spend too much time basking in our success. We have much work to do, and 36 billion gallons of production will be here well before 2022.

Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who worked so hard to get this legislation passed. You are the pioneers of a new energy frontier.
That's the way I see it!

Mike Bryan
Publisher & CEO