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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Advancing Rewewable Fuels

Good morning.

Here in St. Louis at the America’s Conference.

Spotty connection here, so updates may be spaced apart

Quick thoughts this morning.

First, the mayor of St. Louis is a tool. A complete and total tool. He was introduced this morning and took the stage to a rock and roll soundtrack. Guy sitting next to me said, who is he, a Major League baseball player?

Anyway, this conference is a big deal.

A lot of people, and a lot of money invested into it.
Richard Tolman, CEO of the Corn Growers Association is overseeing the entire conference, serving as the master of ceremonies. This is, not surprisingly al about corn

Tom Dorr, USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development and Andy Karsner who runs the Renewable Energy section at DOE introduced a pretty impressive video on the countries history with bio fuels. Very entertaining with some fascinating archival footage included in it.

Right now, Patricia Woertz, former Executive VP of Chevron and current President and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland is also giving an overview of the history of renewable energy and ADMs position. Interestingly, Fords first car was a flex fuel vehicle and Henry Ford thought the future of cars would be based upon converting biomass and fruit and weeds and grains to energy and that the country was heading in that direction up until the start of WWII when the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia changed the dynamics and economics of energy.


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