The Far-Reaching Consequences of the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

ON MAY 3rd, 2011, Representative John Shimkus introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, and passing it will introduce competition at gas stations very quickly, lowering the price of fuel, reducing pollution, generating American jobs, helping Third World countries, and greatly reducing the money flowing to hostile oil-producing regimes.

The bill is the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (H.R. 1687) and now is the perfect time to push it all the way through into law. The bill would make it mandatory for 95 percent of cars manufactured in the United States to be capable of burning multiple fuels by 2017.

Once this is mandatory, there will be an immediate and powerful financial incentive for gas stations to add other options besides gasoline. This will produce real competition in fuel production for the first time in history for the biggest consumer of liquid fuel in the world (the U.S.). The financial incentives brought about by this bill will unleash a flood of creativity and inventiveness as companies scramble to make better, cheaper, less-toxic fuels available to an eager public.

Because the U.S. uses more oil than any other country in the world, when we drastically lower our oil consumption, it will literally change the world. Right now, every time anyone in the world fills their gas tank, they are helping to fund a global jihad with hundreds of billions of dollars a year. This money is poured into building projects all around the world — building mosques and maddrassas that advocate Wahhabi Islam with all its intolerance, totalitarianism, and violence. Saudi Arabia's oil wealth allows it to control about 90% of all Islamic instititions in the world (source: PDF document of a Wall Street Journal article).

There are a lot of things we can and should do to help reduce our reliance on Islamic oil, and the Open Fuel Standard will not interfere with any of them. And the most important and most urgent thing we can do is also the easiest, quickest, and cheapest thing: Pass the Open Fuel Standard Act. It's possible that the Open Fuel Standard, all by itself, will completely change the game — and it won't cost the federal government a dime!

The bill would give us a choice at the pump: gas, ethanol, methanol, bio-diesel, or whatever inventive R&D people come up with next. The fuels could freely compete with each other, driving innovation, driving down prices, and encouraging investments in research to find an even cheaper fuel. The Open Fuel Standard can happen quickly and is inexpensive.

What can you do to help? Start here.

Start persuading your friends now. Send them the link. Post it on Facebook. Join the Open Fuel Standard page on Facebook by clicking here. Tell your friends why this simple legislation is so important. Tell them it'll help save us money on gas at the pumps, it will allow for innovation and probably create new fuels that pollute less, and it can even help solve Third World poverty (see Anne Korin's video below). Focus on the fact that it gives us more choices.

Get everyone you know to take action on this, and get them to persuade all their friends to get in on it. Let's focus on this and get it done.

Send your friends a link to Anne Korin's video: Anne Korin on Energy Independence. Loan them your copy of Turning Oil Into Salt. Motivate them to deal with this now. Imbue them with a sense of urgency.

We need to concentrate on this single issue while the bill is in committee. Let's make sure it has sufficient support in the House of Representatives before it is brought out of committee and onto the floor. Make sure your Representative sponsors this bill. Let's get it done.

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