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Camelina Seed Oil Has Dept. of Defense Taking a Look at Eastern Washington

April 27, 2010

I just read this editorial in the Spokesman Review and am excited by the possibilities of a plant that grows on marginal farmland becoming  just one of many alternatives to fossil fuels that will help our government wean itself, and our country, from foreign oil.

Anyone who knows me knows that I advocate for a 50% reduction in energy consumption as the easiest and most cost-efficient way to wean ourselves from foreign oil and reduce pollution. But I know we can’t stop burning oil, gas, and coal immediately. We do need to cut down drastically, and fast!

Forget offshore drilling. We are seeing another tragedy unfold right now off the coast of Louisiana. This is tragic, but timely. Let’s hope Americans wise up and stop buying into the rhetoric. “Drill, baby, drill”  makes for a great sound bite, but is a bad thing for this country.

The camelina plant is in the mustard family. It grows in the dry farmland country of Eastern Washington. The editorial in the Spokesman states that the Dept. of Defense consumes 80% of the energy the US government uses. That’s a lot and I’m glad they are looking into ways to reduce their footprint and help our local farmers at the same time. I think I will write to my Congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, about this.

Read here for the editorial on the Dept of Defense’s interest in camelina oil as an alternative to foreign petroleum.

Louisiana Oil Spill

      

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