I want the Canadian Government to invest in the production of biofuels to power cars.
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Climate change is a serious issue and if we continue to rely on fossil fuel production to power our cars, we will increase CO2 emissions drastically, while sacrificing our planet for a source of energy that will eventually end. Fossil fuels are non-renewable which is why we need to begin looking forward to the future with the production of electric cars and the use of biofuels as a way to power our cars.
Biofuels specifically Ethanol and Methanol, are very good fuels to power our cars with. There are cons of using Biofuels of course, such as the fact that there is still burning going on when you use ethanol and methanol. However, the burning of biofuels is way better for the environment than the burning of fossil fuels. This means that until electric car production gets cheaper and is more widely used, Ethanol & Methanol gas, is the best option to power our cars over gasoline.
Many people are also concerned with how if we use Ethanol (which is Ethyl Alcohol made from producing crops) to power our cars, it would use crops that could be used for food to produce Ethanol effectively burning our food supply. However, this is simply not true. Ethanol is a by-product of the food process, meaning Ethanol is automatically produced when people process crops to make food like corn and sugar cane. This means that there thousands of litres of ethanol just sitting there doing nothing!
Countries have already begun using Ethanol as a source of fuel. Brazil, the 5th most populated country in the world under the leadership of former president Luiz Ignacio Lula De Silva, is already using Ethanol fuel made from Sugar Cane, an abundant crop in the country. Gas stations have both Ethanol and Gasoline options with another option of mixing the 2 fuels. Car companies in Brazil already produce FLEX cars that can use a mix of both Ethanol and Gasoline to power itself. Investments in Ethanol have created jobs, allowed for cheaper fuel and reduced foreign dependence on oil in the country.
There are several ways to use Ethanol as a fuel in Canada. Many cars in both Canada and the United States are made Flex Fuel Capable, meaning that they can take both Ethanol and Gasoline in the same way Hybrids can take both Gasoline and Electricity. In addition to that, you can allow your car to become powered by Ethanol by installing a special technology. If that wasn't enough, there are several private gas stations in Canada (primarily in Quebec) that have Ethanol options with a website you can use to find them on the map.
In case you still weren't impressed with the environmental protection resulted from using Ethanol, here's some facts. Since 2003, Brazil has reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 350 million tons. That's the equivalent of planting and protecting 2.5 billion trees for 20 years! In Ontario, they passed a law mandating that every litre of gasoline should be at least 10% Ethanol. This move is one of several in an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It would reduce CO2 emissions by 2 megatonnes a year which is like taking 130,000 cars off the road.
On to Methanol. Methanol fuel also known as Methyl Alcohol can be produced using a wide variety of sources. The ones cleanest for the environment which I think should be used to produce Methanol are: Municipal Waste, Biomass and recycled CO2. Since we don't need municipal waste in any way other than for compost, we can use our trash to produce clean fuel. I would consider trash renewable since there will always be trash. Also, keeping trash in landfills is also very bad for the environment. If we can manage to use our trash to make clean renewable fuel, why don't we! Methanol production kills 2 birds with 1 stone. Methanol is also good when it comes to catching fire. When you ignite Methanol, a small clean flame is produced that doesn't emit carbon dioxide or increases in size very easily. When you ignite Gasoline on the other hand, you get a larger, dirtier flame which can increase in size and emits huge amounts of CO2. This means that Methanol gas is less likely to catch on fire or explode.
You might think that Ethanol and Methanol cannot be used in North America. However, it was actually used in both Canada and the U.S. Henry Ford was a farmer and knew that Ethanol gas made from corn could be used as fuel, so many of the early Ford automobiles could be powered by an Ethanol gas-blend and Ethanol was readily available at U.S. gas stations during the 1910's. Then came prohibition. Prohibition was actually started by John Rockefeller who used his congressional lobbying power, over fear that Ford's Ethanol fuel would threaten his oil monopoly. Prohibition banned alcohol including Henry Ford's Ethanol fuel. Even Methanol was used in California during the Gas shortage and today, race cars are powered on Methanol as it is less likely to catch on fire than Gasoline. So biofuels was used in North America.
As you can see, Ethanol and Methanol are excellent sources of fuel to power cars. When you combine the economic benefits, the amount of energy freedom, the environmental benefits and the fact that it's cheaper to invest in Methanol and Ethanol plants than it is to protect foreign oil interests, this fuel is amazing. Of course, I'm not discouraging investment in electric car technology, all I'm saying is that until electric cars get cheaper, biofuels is the best alternative to fuel and should be continuously used. I'm writing this petition to get the attention of the Minister of Energy who can either introduce legislation for alternative fuel investment, mandate ethanol and methanol usage or include investments for biofuels in the next budgets. I also want to get the attention of the National Energy Board, PM Trudeau and Petro Canada, who can introduce alternative fuels and electric charging outlets at Petro Canada gas stations. With all these alternative fuels, whenever there's political tension or a gas shortage, Canada will also be secure. I hope I have convinced you to sign this petition for freedom, for change, and for the environment.
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