Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating

first_img Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating By Gary Truitt – May 28, 2018 Home Commentary Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 not only shocked America into the real and present danger of Middle East terrorism, it prompted the U.S. Government to address the issue of our dependence on imported oil. For over 2 decades, the U.S. had been lulled into complacency by a low cost, free-flowing supply of oil from the Middle East and North Africa. Even the energy crisis of the Carter administration failed to generate a change in U.S. policy when it came to our fuel supply. Meanwhile, international oil companies and Saudi Arabian shieks made billions of dollars off American consumers. Then the American farmer came forth with a solution.The ethanol industry could provide a home-grown, energy source that lessened our dependence on foreign imports, replaced a cancer-causing chemical as the octane portion of gasoline, and reduced tail pipe emissions. It would also provide a new source of demand for corn and raise prices received by corn farmers. There was only one problem: the oil monopoly would not let this product be sold at their fuel stations.Then a few visionary lawmakers in Congress, led by Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, crafted the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This was a government mandate that forced open the fuel oil market to renewable fuels. With this opportunity, the ethanol responded with rapid and impressive expansion. Indiana was the poster child for this expansion with production plants springing up beginning in 2006 in Jasper County.Today, Indiana boasts 13 such plants and produces over 1.1 billion gallons per year, making us the 5th largest-producing state in the U.S. Almost all of the plants are in rural areas producing jobs and economic activity for those communities and grinding almost half of the Hoosier corn grown every year. By almost any measure, in Indiana, and for all of the nation, ethanol is a success story.Now we have the chance to repeat that success. An increase in the amount of renewable fuel blended into gasoline has been approved. It has been proven that a 15% blend of ethanol in a gallon of gasoline is safe, and sustainable. Auto makers and engine manufacturers have given their approval, and even President Trump has given his support. Yet once again, oil companies are refusing to offer E-15 to consumers. In addition, the EPA is refusing to eliminate an antiquated regulation that prevents the sale of E-15 during summer months.Without action by the government, on June 1, E-15 will not be available to motorists in Indiana and most Midwestern states. This lower cost fuel will leave the market just as retail gas prices spike above $3 per gallon. What is behind this foot dragging by the EPA? Big Oil, of course, is using its political muscle and dis-information campaign to block E-15 from entering the fuel mainstream.Not only would increased ethanol use benefit the pocketbooks of motorists, it would help the bottom lines of corn farmers. It has been estimated that a move from the current 10% blend in gasoline to 15% would increase corn prices by 25 cents per bushel. In Indiana, it would also likely lead to the construction of another ethanol plant resulting in even higher prices for farmers in that area.This should be a no-brainer, but it is not going to happen without a push from corn growers and consumers. A decade of success should be repeated with continued growth of the ethanol supply in our nation’s fuel supply. Not only do we need to “drain the swamp” in Washington, we need to remove the oil slick that lets Big Oil and its partners, the Islamic governments of the Middle East, control the U.S. fuel market.By Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleGrassley-Conaway Subsidy Feud EscalatesNext articleDoud Says USTR Is Searching For More Trade Opportunities Outside of NAFTA Gary Truittlast_img read more

PropertyHeads.com set for consumer launch

first_imgA new social network PropertyHeads.com, has been developed to provide public buyers with “an easy to use collaborative social setting to make more informed choices around the right property, tradesmen and estate agents for them”.PropertyHeads aims to help property businesses generate greater numbers of leads and recommendations – it currently serves 50,000 users per month. Ben Davis, CEO of PropertyHeads, says,“We know how hard it can be for reputable suppliers and tradespeople across the UK to set themselves apart from the competition. So we designed PropertyHeads to be the perfect platform for the best businesses to get noticed by as many people as possible. In fact, it’s the only website specifically built to help property businesses create more word-of-mouth leads, more repeat business and more business from recommendations.”Anyone know a good plumber?Word of mouth is one of the preferred ways to find a builder, plumber, estate agent or the best neighbourhoods to move to  – PropertyHeads.com is the UK’s first website to proactively match the public with firms that friends and connections already use and trust. It suggests estate agents and other property businesses based on how connected they are to the user. They have also developed a tradesman blacklist. Currently, PropertyHeads.com includes over 10,000 property businesses including estate agents and professional traders and over 100,000 properties. These numbers will continue to grow organically as more users and businesses interact via the social network.Says Ben, “We have already received a great deal of interest from businesses and tradespeople across the country, and those that have begun using PropertyHeads.com have provided us with some invaluable feedback. We’re incredibly excited for our public launch and for more people to be able to find tradespeople they can trust.”www.propertyheads.comsocial network proptech PropertyHeads Ben Davis Sheila Manchester September 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » PropertyHeads.com set for consumer launch previous nextProptechPropertyHeads.com set for consumer launchA new social network for estate agents, consumers and tradesmen has launched, to help property businesses generate more leads.Sheila Manchester18th September 201901,158 Viewslast_img read more