At the 2nd Annual National Summit on Energy Security, ethanol and other biofuels received attention for their potential role in reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.
The summit, called "National Security and America's Addiction to Carbon: Solutions to Oil Dependence and Climate Change," was held in Washington DC on Thursday and organized by 2020 Vision.
"There's no one solution to our energy security challenges," says Tom Collina, executive director of 2020 Vision. "But ethanol plays a huge role in displacing oil by being able to fuel our cars with something that is domestic, renewable and much less harmful to the environment."
The summit brought together a diverse group of political and governmental leaders, including Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Cal., as well as security, environmental and energy experts.
"We had a number of sessions and a lot of speakers approaching biofuels and energy sustainability from many different directions," says participant Will Steger, who recently finished a four month journey through the Canadian Arctic to study how the Inuit culture is coping with global warming. "Three years ago I was in Washington lobbying on biofuels and alternative energy and the environment and was told to come back when we had industry on our side, and here we have some of the top people in our government representing biofuels and global warming."