Bexar County Opens 1st Alternative Fuel Station
Between Here and San Diego, California!
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
October 13, 2005

Yes, we intend to be the masters of our own destiny in Bexar County! To accomplish this relative to energy, we will initiate a new era of cleaner, healthier air because at least a certain percentage of local vehicles will use cleaner burning ethanol. We will support renewable energy that has an unlimited supply. We will send our money for this gas to Texas corn farmers, not the oil-monopolists of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) halfway across the world!

The Alamo Area Clean Cities is a coalition of more than 50 stakeholders, including private businesses, state agencies, the County of Bexar, the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and other counties and municipalities in our region.

The goals of this important coalition are to reduce fuel costs, lower vehicle emissions, improve air quality, and reduce dependence on foreign oil by pursuing practical alternatives to gasoline and diesel powered vehicles.

With the recent hurricanes and people scurrying to the gas stations, we can appreciate the unavailability of gasoline or sky-high prices per gallon. According to the American Ethanol Coalition (AEC), "'Energy security' is to be secure in the source, control of the flow and distribution of energy and having alternatives in place to allow us to withstand highs and lows associated with it. Unfortunately the U.S. is not so energy-secure. We depend on foreign oil to the extent that our economy is precariously over the barrel---and any number of global events, including peaceful competition for supply, could cripple us beyond any thing we have seen in our history."

The Coalition further reminds us that "55% of the total consumption of petroleum in the US is imported. As recently as 1980 imports represented just 37%, but the Department of Energy estimates that by 2025 dependence will increase to nearly 70%! (emphasis mine) Obviously, we are headed in the wrong direction."

Bexar County, a county known for its leading role and firsts in the foundation of our State, is one of the first counties in Texas to commit to using alternative fuels in our county vehicles. Along with CleanFuel USA, it is establishing the first dual alternative fuel station open to the public in Texas and the only dual alternative station between here and San Diego, California! At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at 4023 Interstate 35 North (on the north side of I-35 across from the old Pace Picante Plant), the County, Alamo Area Clean Cities and other stakeholders will cut the ribbon on this station. The Public is invited!

At the same time we will celebrate the national achievement of displacing 1 billion gallons of petroleum with alternative fuels, enough gas to fuel two million cars for a year. And even if neither you nor anyone else you know uses ethanol, if enough people use it, demand for fossil fuels will drop and the lesser demand will drive down the price of conventional fossil-based gasoline!

So what do we expect? We expect cleaner air and domestically produced fuel that is renewable. To do this, we need an epidemic of energy independence that will remove us from the grips of oil cartels and countries distant, uncertain and hostile! Bottom line in addition to the above, we are preserving the world's most robust democracy by ensuring the endurance of our economic and national security. Won't you join us as we advance this noble cause?

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