SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Moving Off of Offshore Oil
Instead of risking treasured places along our coasts and jeopardizing tremendous economic opportunities like tourism, we can achieve energy independence by putting more efficient vehicles on the road, providing more transportation alternatives and producing clean fuels from sustainable and renewable resources like switchgrass.
Increasing vehicle efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest and quickest way to save money and oil. Each additional mile-per-gallon increase in national CAFE standards saves 420,000 barrels of oil per day. Increasing CAFE standards to 35 mpg by 2015 and 50 mpg by 2030 will save more than 10 million barrels of oil each day by mid-century.
Clean biofuels from sustainable sources can also help to clean our air and lead us towards energy independence. Advanced biofuel sources like woody biomass and switchgrass can produce 300-1000 gallons of fuel per acre. Dedicated energy crops can help provide renewable fuels without affecting food prices. With abundant agricultural and biomass resources, the Southeast could be a major producer of sustainable biofuels.
Clean cars like Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles help us shift away from liquid fuels and diversify our transportation options—an important component of energy independence. Plug-in hybrids can get up to 100 miles per gallon, and coupled with increased opportunities for mass transit and pedestrian and bicycle travel, will save money and make us less dependent on oil.
How SACE is Promoting These Solutions
Clean Energy Gulf Challenge – the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has issued a Clean Energy Gulf Challenge to solicit and award a cash prize for the best plan that demonstrates how the United States can end both offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and imports of Persian Gulf oil. The unfolding oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has sharpened the debate between foreign oil imports and risky offshore domestic production. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy believes that there is a way, not only to end our dependence on oil imports from potentially unstable government regimes in the Persian Gulf, but to also phase out the environmentally risky practice of offshore oil and gas drilling. Learn More.
ReFuel Biodiesel – SACE’s Atlanta-based ReFuel Biodiesel project greases the wheels for biofuels in the Southeast. This real-world solution takes waste vegetable oil from the Atlanta area and converts it into clean biodiesel. A steadily growing project, ReFuel Biodiesel expands the availability of clean fuels in the Southeast and demonstrates a practical solution with multiple benefits.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy hosts the Southeast Coastal Climate Network (SECCN), which is a regional collaboration of coastal organizations addressing the impacts of global warming to our coastal resources and also working to address new threats to our coastal areas such as offshore oil drilling. SACE also hosts a subgrop of the SECCN called the Florida Climate Alliance (FCA) which works on state-specific issues in addition to federal climate and energy issues.
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