I have an Idea.
Lets truly deregulate all energy sources and stipulate that all subsidies have to go as well.
That way the $15.00 a gallon price of gasoline would be right on the pump.
That's Right. The Price You pay today at the pump is only a down payment.
Corporations would no longer be able to buy Gas for $4 something a gallon and make the taxpayer pay for the balance via income taxes to guarantee world wide delivery to any port of HC products by Trans-National Oil Companies via our Army, Navy and Air Force.
Our military could be 1/10th its current size and other fuels like methane and ethanol could return to the marketplace on an equal footing.
Farmers would be more fully employed and waste land, such as empty gravel pits could use primary treated sewage to grow cattails for methane and ethanol.
Cleaning up our rivers too, since Cattails remove nitrates and phosphates that sewage treatment plants currently discharge into rivers.
But You want to know, How much fuel?
Enough to totally replace gasoline if need be on an equivalent of 1.5% of total Ag land, saving all the prime crop land for corn, soy, wheat, etc.
150 billion gallons net. Equal to what we use in piston powered vehicles. All of them. Light aircraft too.
That's 20 million acres out of 1.3 billion total acres of Ag land, or waste land like an empty gravel pit or flood plain that one can't build homes on. 6300 acres, about ten sections of land per U.S. County.
I realize this is not according to Oil man AlGore's plans to suffocate small business and individuals with a CO2 tax.
The whole fact filled concept is in "Alcohol can be a gas" by David Blume http://tinyurl.com/56rrda
Why the Title? Easy. In Blume's book I learned that Gasoline is an alternative energy source for the automobile. The original fuel was Ethanol.