Concerns Over the Department of Energy's Program and Organization for Developing and Promoting the Use of Alcohol Fuels

EMD-80-88: Published: Jul 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1980.

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A recent review of the potential of alcohol for use as fuel for motor vehicles resulted in concern over the Federal efforts at exploiting this potential.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has yet to develop a comprehensive program for alcohol fuels, including appropriate plans, goals, and strategies. The effectiveness of the recently created DOE Office of Alcohol Fuels may be impaired due to limitations on its span of authority and responsibility and, relatedly, on the level to which the Office reports. While ethanol is currently being produced, the potential of methane from coal is not being considered by this Office. The technology to produce both fuels is available. Both fuels can have a significant role in resolving the Nation's liquid fuels shortage.

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