Gilbert Unveils Biofuels Policy, Calls For State Investment To Make Texas Energy Independent

Posted on 08/10/2010. Filed under: Texas, texas politics |


WOODVILLE-Hank Gilbert, the Texas Democratic Party’s nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, on Tuesday released his biofuels policy for the Texas Department of Agriculture on the first leg of a three-day, 13-city tour to highlight Texas’ potential to become a leading player in biofuels thanks to agricultural diversity.

“Texas has the potential to become a major biofuels producer,” Gilbert said. “There are crops-like cassava-which we can grow in areas of West Texas where nothing else is being grown right now that can produce alternative fuels and not increase the cost of the foods we bring to our family’s dinner table,” Gilbert said.  “Too, land near the Gulf Coast in South East Texas is perfect land on which we can grow sugar cane to use to manufacture fuels,” Gilbert continued.

Under Gilbert’s plan, entitled the Field to Pump Biofuels Initiative, the Texas Department of Agriculture would utilize funding from the Texas Agricultural Infrastructure & Economic Development Fund (proposed by Gilbert under his previously released reform plan for the agency), to provide start-up funding to agricultural producers to help grow new, non-foodstock biofuel crops and to refiners to help develop refining capacity for those products.

“The state would also help assist agricultural producers to help establish new cooperatives which would allow them to seek funding from outside sources to grow, market, transport-and even refine-their biofuel crops,” he continued.

Gilbert also noted that biofuels made from cassava and sugar cane will result in less pollution, cleaner air, and even additional money for farmers-should a market develop for the sale of carbon credits.

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Click here to View/Download Gilbert’s Biofuels Policy

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