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[GreenYes] Re: debris into energy Fla's Leadership the NEW Direction hi BTU Recycles?


>This issue was one of many topics discussed at a two-day alternative fuel summit that attracted participants from 10 U.S. states and Brazil, >representing the agriculture, university, automotive and fuel production and retail industries as well as the environmental community

What we need to recognize and eventually realize is that we all are the environmental community.

>the potential use of hurricane debris by being converted into ethanol

I'm not an expert relative to this, but I have my doubts. Still, it is a big problem as well as C&D, and I'd be interested to see the answers that others have with respect to these things.

>The farm-to-fuel program would enable Florida to reduce its dependency on foreign oil

Possibly, if it could be derived from waste products, it could help. In a world with unprecedented numbers, there is no conscionable way that energy use should supplant food sources.


Workin for peace and cooperation,

Mike Morin
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Letters: Don't laugh at converting storm debris into energy
Saturday, September 09, 2006

I was taken aback by The Post's editorial poking fun at the potential use of hurricane debris by being converted into ethanol ("Bumper hurricane crop," Sept. 2).

This issue was one of many topics discussed at a two-day alternative fuel summit that attracted participants from 10 U.S. states and Brazil, representing the agriculture, university, automotive and fuel production and retail industries as well as the environmental community. The major focus was on developing programs to help farmers, who are suffering from economic and natural disaster setbacks.

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The farm-to-fuel program would enable Florida to reduce its dependency on foreign oil, prevent agricultural land from being commercially developed and produce a fuel much more environmentally friendly. The fact that more than 300 people attended is indicative of the widespread belief that Florida can be a major force in alternative fuel production.

Reporters who covered the summit focused on numerous issues, including economic development, financing, research and production. The use of invasive species such as melaleuca trees and hurricane debris as biofuel was one topic, and an important one. I always have voiced concern about the significant debris left behind by hurricanes and its potential as fuel for wildfires. Local governments also are concerned after unprecedented storm seasons because they have no place to dispose of the debris and do not want to use limited landfill space for the material. Turning these negatives into positives most certainly does not negate the concerns of loss of life and property and the homeowner insurance crisis. But it would be irresponsible to ignore the issues relating to future fuel production.

I am pleased with The Palm Beach Post's interest in Florida's energy future, as evidenced by Monday's article "Solving the energy riddle." I urge the newspaper not to discount the potential for ethanol and other alternative fuel products in Florida. We need to take advantage of new technologies being developed right in Florida universities that allow the use of wood and other cellulose products to help meet the energy demands in this state, the third-largest in energy consumption. It is critical that Florida become part of the solution rather than just contribute to the problem.

CHARLES H. BRONSON,

commissioner of agriculture

Enjoy
Leonard





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