Biofuels experiment doesn't add up

September 22, 2013 

Leave it to a politician to think that paying six times the market price for fuel is an idea whose "time has come." U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, a Belleville Democrat, introduced a bill earlier this year that would direct the U.S. Air Force to provide grants to existing biofuel research centers. Oh, and by the way, that sort of research is being done near Enyart's home at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Enyart said he was inspired by a Navy biofuels program to expand it to the Air Force. But the military's experience with biofuels is exactly why this is a bad idea. The Navy's Great Green Fleet program resulted in $26 a gallon fuel when regular fuel was selling for less than $4 a gallon. The Air Force spent $59 a gallon for 11,000 gallons of biofuel for jets.

Alternative energy always sounds good, but it has to make economic sense -- and biofuel simply doesn't. Congress should just say no to Enyart's pet project.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service