Off-Shore Energy — A Farm State Perspective

By July 25, 2006Energy

An opinion column published in today’s Des Moines Register makes a point worth stressing: Manufacturers are not alone in requiring reliable supplies of affordable energy. America’s agriculture sector depends on energy, as well, and the limits on accessing domestic supplies of oil and natural gas have increased the cost of farming. Dramatically.

As Iowa bravely moves into cleaner and alternative fuels, it’s important to realize that many of the alternative fuels like ethanol still require natural gas. Natural gas is used to make fertilizer for ethanol and methane for hydrogen. It’s used to make clean-burning diesel and generate electric power. And it’s a raw material that goes into energy-efficient materials.

The reasons keep adding up for the U.S. Senate to approve S. 3711, the Gulf of Mexico Security Act (fact sheet here). Three Iowa business leaders joined NAM President John Engler in writing the op-ed, adding home-grown wisdom, so to speak.