Former President Jimmy Carter (and quite possibly the greenest), helped break ground Tuesday on a $25 million dollar biodiesel plant in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. He was quite vocal in his stance on the current administration’s policies, “I’m very pleased, happy, not only for Plains but also because it accomplishes some of the goals that I set for the nation during my administration,” said Carter. “It’s very important for us to use the crops that grow on our own land to make energy. Too much of our energy policy has been controlled by oil companies and automakers. It makes me sick to see a Hummer running up and down the road getting 9 miles per gallon.”
Carter was particularly applauded for his administration’s success in reducing daily oil imports into the U.S. from 9 million to 5 million barrels in only five years.Â Today, it’s 12 million barrels a day.
The new biodiesel plant will produce energy from soybeans, canola and cotton seeds. According to the article, capacity should reach 15 million gallons by the end of the year and double to 30 million gallons in 2008. I’m especially pleased that this is biodiesel and not ethanol, since research has found plants such as soybeans to be much more efficient than corn.
Good on ya, Jimmy. In so many ways, you continue to remind us what America might have been like had we embraced your administration’s energy policies back in the day. Hit the jump for more.