..."Expanded programs to enhance energy efficiency in appliances, building construction, and industry, are all necessary to keep our energy intensity declining."
..."Long-term energy security also requires the use of clean energy, a third component of energy security. As long as we continue to consume fuels that do not burn clearly, or cannot have their damaging gases sequestered, we will continue to pay environmental costs and will remain vulnerable to a climate change-induced disaster."
..."There is still more work to be done to tilt our energy balance toward alterative fuels. That is why Senator Obama and I will soon introduce a new bill that will promote other means to move these fuels into additional markets and make them widely available. Among many provisions, the Obama-Lugar bill would create an alternative diesel standard, comparable to the renewable fuels standard that I helped put into the 2005 energy bill."
From the Q&A; session after the speech:
...Fourteen percent of our corn, last year in Indiana, was used for ethanol. People say 14 percent? One-seventh of the entire crop? As a matter of fact, we are now exporting, as a nation, less corn than we are putting into E85, into ethanol, and that will be 20 percent of the crop by the end of this year and it could go onward and upward, which leads to other issues".
If you're intrigued, we think it would be worthwhile for you to read the entire speech.
No tipping point is in sight yet for the rest of our Senators; but, it sure is good to see one drive a hybrid. And, it's especially good to see Senator Lugar talk about sponsoring more incentives for biodiesel (we think that's what was meant by "alternative diesel") with his across-the-aisle, next-to-his-home-state colleague. A few months back we posted a story about some Republican State Congressmen who seem to think similarly about conservation. Only one state away! Could it be a movement?