Chimpy’s energy proposals seem to have little relation to reality.
The U.S. government’s top energy forecaster said on Wednesday that fuel ethanol production in a decade will fall short of what President George W. Bush says is needed to help cut America’s oil imports.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, Bush said the country should increase its production of ethanol and alternatives fuels to 35 billion gallons by 2017.
But, after detailing his agency’s take on future U.S. energy supplies to lawmakers, Guy Caruso, the head of the federal Energy Information Administration, told reporters: “We don’t have the (Bush) goal in our outlook.”
The EIA is the independent analytical arm of the Energy Department.
Caruso said the EIA predicts only a “minimum amount” of cellulosic ethanol production in 2017. The agency forecast sees 94 percent of U.S. ethanol supplies in a decade still made from corn, 2 percent from cellulose and 4 percent coming from imports, which are typically derived from sugar.