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Oct. 26, 2011; Washington, DC -- "The film, 'Freedom', showing today in Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, makes the powerful point that ethanol, which now replaces more than 10% of gasoline used in our nation, truly represents the beginning of freedom for America from our dependence on oil," declared retired Navy Vice Admiral Denny McGinn, President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

"The good news is that this is just the beginning," the Admiral continued. "U.S. oil companies are buying ethanol plants; airlines and the Department of Defense are conducting extensive and successful flight testing of advanced biofuels; ethanol and other fuels are being made from a variety of biomass resources -- grasses, wood, algae and waste products. Many different types of internal combustion engines are being optimized for these bio-based renewable fuels, and the refining and distribution is expanding."

 

Bill Holmberg, Chair of ACORE's Biomass Coordinating Council, reports that legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate to set an Open Fuel Standard, giving consumers much greater choice at the fuel pump beyond fossil fuels."Ethanol provides the 'spark of Freedom' to open new transportation energy horizons. Now, with the Renewable Fuels Standard and, hopefully, the Open Fuel Standard, America will do what it does best: build a new set of industries, create jobs, and claim the freedom to structure a new and exciting renewable energy frontier," Holmberg concluded.

About ACORE:
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is focused on accelerating the adoption of renewable energy technologies into the mainstream of American society. ACORE provides a common platform for the wide range of interests in the renewable energy community including renewable energy industries, associations, utilities, end users, professional service firms, financial institutions and government agencies. ACORE serves as a forum through which these parties work together on common interests. For more information visit our website: www.acore.org.

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