Two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have introduced a bill to create a panel to review current national energy policy. Under the bill, the board would also propose a comprehensive energy plan. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says the idea has merit, although the chances for its passage aren’t good.
“That certainly is something that would make sense, to have a much more comprehensive overview and taking a more holistic approach to the domestic energy situation,” Sneller says. “Those discussions are good but in terms of timing, whether something like that would move ahead quickly is not likely, given the legislative calendar.”
Sneller says how ethanol and advanced biofuels would fare under such a system would depend on how fair and open the commission is to such renewable fuels.
“Certainly, biofuels would come out looking very good and would continue to be an important part of our domestic energy policy, but we’ve seen some significant influence coming from the petroleum sector,” Sneller says. “That tends to shape public policy because the enormous amount of money that’s spent to influence lobbying and public policy.”
One of the bill’s sponsors, West Virginia Congressman David McKinley, says America should have a blueprint when it comes to our energy policy.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton