FUEL ALCOHOL: AN ENERGY ALTERNATIVE FOR THE 1980'S

The basic finding of this report is clear: In order to reduce reliance on increasingly expensive and unreliable supplies of imported oil, the United States must turn to domestic resources to produce alternative fuels. For many good reasons, one of the most promising of those fuels is alcohol. Current national policy that emphasizes the use of alcohol to extend gasoline supplies can help to reduce oil imports. Even greater oil savings can be achieved, however, if the Nation moves toward committing a significant segment of its transportation sector to pure alcohol. Present Federal policy does not address this potential. In the short term, in response to increasing oil prices and existing Federal programs, American industry will increase production of fuel alcohol. The fuel will be mostly ethanol, and it will be used mostly for gasohol or other alcohol-gasoline blends. Beyond that short, sharp increase, however, little more is likely to happen without further Federal leadership to encourage the introduction of pure-alcohol vehicles in the United States and the production of even larger amounts of alcohol fuels. Government action--justified on the basis of national security and national interest--could provide opportunities for business by assuming the risk where the private sector cannot be expected to do so. In this case, the Government--acting for the general public--could assume the risk of stimulating further plant construction and encouraging the manufacture of pure-alcohol vehicles. In addition, the Congress and the Executive Branch would have to modify existing Federal laws and regulations to give the pure-alcohol fuels program a chance to take hold and grow. A number of laws and regulations, for example, now inhibit the introduction of this new fuel into the transportation field. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Alcohol Fuels Commission

    412 First Street, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20003
  • Publication Date: 1981

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 146 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330720
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM