One of the speakers at the recent Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines was Dr. Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security.
Luft is an adviser to the U.S. Energy Security Council and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America’s dependence on oil.
One simple way to start moving down the road to energy independence, Luft says, is to give consumers “fuel choice”. He urges Congress to pass the Open Fuels Standard Act, which would require all vehicles produced by the automakers to be flex fuel vehicles.
Here are excerpts from Luft’s address to summit attendees.