Our gas prices are ridiculous. So who’s to blame this time? I have heard because of demand. Well here in Arkansas like so many other states the people are doing their part to save on fuel, lower the demand. We are used to doing without we have done it for years. We make fewer trips to town, we plan our routes and if we do go anywhere we ride together and pitch in for fuel or just stay home. Most people didn’t even travel, much less leave home for the holidays, because they just couldn’t afford too.
Every time I purchase fuel I purchase E85, which is made from grain such as corn raised right here in the states. In the US, bio-ethanol fuel is primarily made from corn or maize. Corn is generously available and easily grown in our climates. The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. In Arkansas alone 60,680,000 bushels were produced for the year 2010, reported by Arkansas Ag Statistics. According to Rueter’s News Media the percentage of ethanol is to be increased in fuel within the New Year.
If this is so, let me get this straight, we increase the amount of ethanol which is made from corn grown right here in our America. So when the amount of ethanol is increased this means the less amount of foreign oil is needed by using our own resources. Not shipped in from a foreign country, yet the forecast on gas prices are predicted to sky rocket. So I ask, why? Using our own resources of corn should reflect lower prices of fuel instead of raising prices. The more we use America made ethanol means less foreign fuel. Bio-fuel should be less not more per gallon. Especially, when the United States is the largest producer of corn in the world it is right here in our own country. Now ethanol producers are being attacked by Congress for the blame of increasing prices in the food market as reported by MPR News.
When is our government going to step up and do their part? The people have vocalized our opinion we want something done we are sick and tired of the all the predications of higher fuel cost in the media. Huffington Post published how important the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit Bill is. Congress must see how important this bill is for our country to have any type of future in renewable resources. Without this bill so many Americans will be unemployed. Without the extension of this bill we maybe forced to buy ethanol from our foreign competitors meaning more jobs for them. Jobs that we could of had here in our country and without it being more dependent on foriegn countries. Congress is more worried about who’s in control of the house the Republican or Democrat something that should not even matter in our time of crisis.
If every single one of us is a true American, being Republican or Democrat should not matter the only thing that should be on every one of our leaders minds is a solution to do everything in their power to repair the damage with our country. Our government needs to quit worrying about what the other party is doing and come together as one for our countries sake. Work together to find solutions instead of butting heads. Our Congress is wasting away precious time, while our country slowly sinks into a long and deep depression. Complaints of angry voters demanding changes from our new Republican leaders.
Everything we do revolves around fuel prices, the increase of food, increase of daily necessities, and the increase of utilities. Even our schools discussing going to a four day school week to cut back on fuel expenses. Fuel prices even have an effect on our childrens education. Companies either selling out to foreign countries or closing their doors all because of cost of fuel and our utilities are soaring.
Maybe if the prices of fuel and utilities were reduced the savings could be passed down to manufacturers. Where they could afford to thrive in America. The companies could then pass savings down to the employees by offering better beneifts such as a better retirement plan, that match a certain percent, like 401k’s. Employees could then have the extra money to buy stock or shares into the company so the company can become employee owned putting more pride into the company. Instead of outsourcing to foriegn countries.
We hear constantly about Global Trading, World Wide Trade and the foreign markets. But, what is not said are the foreign countries are coming in to America learning our trades, taking our jobs and then moving it completely out of the United States. In the meantime our factories are closed, our jobs decreasing day by day and our way of life completely destroyed. Global Trade Wars have been taking place for years Republican Mike Michaud has expressed his opinion that it is a recycled model that just doesn’t work.
Then the foreign countries turn right around and sale their products to us, products that we use to manufacture here in our states. Now they are controlling our cost of fuel because we are dependent on foreign oil. Who is going to buy when eventually we will have no jobs and no unemployment to fall back on? Republican Phil Hare has been quoted saying “At a time when American workers need a life raft, passage of these foriegn trade agreements would be like throwing them anchors.”
John Kerry blames tax incentives for the loss of American jobs and companies moving overseas. Outsourcing has been taking place for years. In the past years it has been non-stop, first taking place in the northern states shutting down their plants those unemployed blue-collar workers moving south to where plants were re-opened because of cheaper labor and lower energy cost. Now it is happening all around us in the south one by one companies hanging on by a thread.
The working class is already some of the lowest paid Americans. Americans that have given their heart and soul to these companies worked their best years and for what? So now what, we have to head south to find more jobs and hope someone is hiring. I guess the next stop would be Mexico.
Maybe we need to take lessons from Brazil they have been using ethanol fuel for 30 years as stated in the “History of Ethanol in Brazil”, on the Wikipedia website. Increasing jobs by the thousand and lowering the use of oil. Manufacturing plants being self sufficient and even selling power back to utility companies. America could be like Brazil we have all the resources at our fingertips. Brazil is considered to have the world’s first sustainable biofuel economy and the biofuel industry leader.
The Growth Group, an industry lobbist group claimed that in 2010 the increase use of ethanol in America would bring 136,000 jobs with the building of ethanol plants, workers in the ethanol distilleries, more plants coming on board to build new products compatible to ethanol. More plants being self sufficient. Creating more jobs and exploring new options is exactly what are country needs to hopefully bring our beloved country back to its feet again.
It is time our country stops depending on foreign countries and start depending on ourselves. Our country deserves more it is time for our leaders to take on the responsibilities they were elected for. It is time government listens to the voice of the American people and make changes for the better instead of just talking about it.