Gonzaga Debate Institute 2008
Cellulosic Ethanol Aff
IAC--Contention ___ Solvency 1/3
[Insert Peak Oil advantage from the Oil Toolkit !!!]Current incentives for fellulosic ethanol are too smallSpace Daily 2008
[June 6, lexis]Today Congress overrode the Presidents veto of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, also knownas the Farm Bill. The new legislation includes a significant clean energy development component --improved and new programs for wind power, advanced biofuels, energy efficiency, solar power and newenergy crops for cleaner energy from Americas farmers, ranchers and rural businesses.We thank the Agriculture Committee leadership for their support of a stronger Energy Title in the face of anextremely difficult budget environment, said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Lawand Policy Center. These programs are good for all Americans -- they are a win-win-win for our energysecurity, environment, and economy.The new Energy Title received $1.04 billion in mandatory appropriations in the 2008 Farm Bill.
includes $348 million in new tax credits to spur production of
tohelp cut our nations dependence on imported oil. While
the Farm Bills overall funding falls short of need
,it is a good start towards addressing pressing national energy concerns.The improved and new clean energy programs in the Energy Title include:+ Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP funding has been more than doubled and improves theFarm Bills successful Section 9006 clean energy development program for locally-owned wind power,energy efficiency, solar energy, and other clean energy projects ($255 million over four years).+ For the first time, REAP now includes Energy Technical Assistance funding to help farmers save money,improve margins and reduce fuel use.+ Biorefinery Assistance. Grants and loan guarantees to help build advanced biorefineries; critical to jumpstart advanced biofuels production ($320 million).+ Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). A first-ever energy crop program to help encourage farmersto grow sustainable energy crops such as switchgrass ($70 million).+ Repowering Assistance. A new program, Rural Repowering, assists boilers at biofuels plants to burnenergy crops instead of coal, cutting pollution and creating new markets for energy crops ($35 million).+ Advanced Biofuels. Production incentives for advanced biofuels ($300 million).+ Biomass Research and Development. New investments for biomass fuel and power research anddevelopment ($118 million).The Energy Title will also improve the federal biobased markets procurement and biodiesel fuel education programs. The legislation also includes several other programs for which Congress could not provide fundingin the Farm Bill, such as a new program to curb fertilizer costs and fossil fuel burning by using wind andother renewable energy instead. Supporters of these programs now look to the Appropriations Committeesfor potential funding.The new Farm Bill also includes $348 million in new tax credits to help jumpstart environmentally preferable cellulosic ethanol production.America needs new domestic, sustainable energy. Leadership of the Senate Finance and House Ways andMeans Committees should be commended for providing these new clean energy incentives, said Andy Olsen,Senior Policy Advocate for ELPC.In all,
these new programs are a good start
, said John Moore, Senior Attorney for ELPC [theEnvironmental Law and Policy Center].
There is much more that can yet be done to help solve
Americas energy challenges, and we urge Congress to strengthen these programs with additionalfunding in the coming years,
before the next Farm Bill.