Sam Bodman in Bismarck, Talking Energy

By October 31, 2007Energy

Since we advanced Secretary Sam Bodman’s Monday remarks at an energy conference in Bismarck, N.D., makes sense to see what he said….

Oh, that’s too bad.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Monday that government mandates are not ideal but might be a necessary part of efforts to boost the use of alternative fuels.

Bodman made the remarks at an energy conference sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who used the occasion to unveil legislation aimed at boosting renewable energy.

Dorgan said he and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., plan to introduce legislation calling on refineries to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels annually by 2022, and on automakers to make 80 percent of their production fleet as “flex fuel” vehicles by 2015.

Bodman said he had not seen details of the legislation. President Bush, in his State of the Union speech earlier this year, called for reducing U.S. gasoline use by up to 20 percent by 2017, mainly by increasing alternative fuel production, he said.

“Sure, I’d like to get things done without mandates,” Bodman said. But they have “proven to be a requirement in order to get a lot of these things done more effectively,” he said.

Have they, really? Been proven a requirement?

If you mean politically, well, yes, there’s an argument. Economically? Not so much.

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