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June 12, 2008

We're all sick and tired of soaring gas prices, but the problem won't go away unless the United States reduces its dependency on foreign oil.  Georgia can help make that happen.

Experts say Georgia is positioned to become the "Saudi Arabia of the South" when it comes to the production of alternative fuels.  A corn ethanol plant under construction in Mitchell County will begin production this fall. 

It will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country and will pump out 100 million gallons of ethanol a year.  Another plant being built in Plains will produce 30 million gallons of bio-diesel a year.

We congratulate First United Ethanol and Alterra Bioenergy for their investments in our area.  We encourage them and other companies to continue a commitment to alternative fuels, and we hope they'll look for ways to make cellulose ethanol profitable.  It can be made from all sorts of products from switch grass to timber waste.

We hope more gas companies will begin selling gasoline mixed with ethanol, and drivers will look for those pumps when they need a fill-up.  And we hope the state will continue to offer incentives for companies that support and invest in alternative fuels. 

It's better for the environment.  It's better for our national and state economies.  And it's better for your wallet.

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