Kansas and North Dakota Governors Sign Ethanol Declaration
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius chaired the national meeting of the Governor's Ethanol Coalition in Washington D.C. on March 1. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman former Kansas Senator Bob Dole also spoke at the meeting, which was attended by representatives from General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, and Nissan.
Sebelius said, "There is a new energy behind our effort to promote biofuels. The President has made them a key part of his energy agenda and automakers like General Motors are promoting vehicles that can use ethanol-based fuels." Sebelius and North Dakota Governor John Hoeven signed a resolution for the Governor's Ethanol Coalition applauding American automakers for having produced 5 million flexible-fuel vehicles that can run on E85 or gasoline and urging them to produce even more of them (PDF 137 KB).
The Governor's Ethanol Coalition was formed in 1991 and consists of member governors in 32 states, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand. The coalition works to educate local and national policymakers on the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol and other alternative fuels. The coalition also provides expert testimony to Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and participates in national and state-level policy forums.