At the annual meeting of the Midwest Legislative Conference, represented by almost 500 attendees from 12 states and three Canadian provinces, Resolution 10 supporting cellulosic ethanol was adopted with no dissenting votes. The conference was held mid-July in Cleveland, OH.
"Resolution 10 sends a strong message that Midwest legislators are unified in their support cellulosic ethanol," said District 19 Rep Frank Kloucek of Scotland, SD.
The cellulosic ethanol resolution was presented to General Wesley Clark by Rep. Kloucek on Friday, July 27, at the POET Research Open House in Scotland and the Hefty Farm Supply Field Day near Baltic, SD. Resolution 10 was written by Rep. Kloucek and received outstanding support.
Kloucek's resolution names both the Scotland, SD and Emmetsburg, IA plants and is very timely due to the widespread drought conditions.
He also presented General Clark with a wooden South Dakota clock and state of South Dakota Flag. The state Dessert "Kuchen" and unofficial South Dakota Pastry "Kolache" made by Pietz Kuchen Kitchen of Scotland were also given to General Clark by Kloucek.
"The future energy needs of our country can be developed from home grown renewable energy sources. Cellulosic ethanol production is yet another opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," concluded Kloucek.
The resolution states that research has proven that cellulosic ethanol can help meet energy needs and also provides a clean renewable energy source for American energy needs. POET research Center in South Dakota and Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg have led the way in cellulosic development.