"A 2005 study by the USDA indicates the potential exists for biofuels and ethanol to meet one-third of the current demand for fuels in the transportation sector," explains Steve Rountree, president of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.
"It is essential for this country to attempt to realize this potential."
Unlike traditional corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol derived from wood biomass does not cause food prices to spike.
Since cellulosic ethanol can be derived from sawdust, wood chips and other wood waste that exists in an abundant supply, this form of energy offers a viable, renewable energy source that does not compete with the nation's food crops.
So the next time you pass a sawmill, paper mill or forest, let it serve as a reminder for you to urge your elected officials to ensure that cellulosic ethanol made from wood biomass is included in the nation's quest for energy independence.