On my first day, I met with Senator Barbara Boxer and later addressed additional political dignitaries and activists. My purpose was to differentiate “cellulosic” ethanol from “grain” ethanol and ultimately win the support for C.E. among environmentalists and grain ethanol detractors.
Meeting with Senator Boxer was a great test. I knew she wasn’t a fan of ethanol, which she confirmed with her introduction of me to the room. “Tom Holm has driven across country on ethanol to get here. It’s surprising he survived the trip,” she said, somewhat aloofly.
With that, I was immediately put on the defensive. However, my redirect turned the tables immediately. “You know, Senator, I drove here on cellulosic ethanol, made from cobs and husks, not regular ethanol,” I replied.
I had won her over, which paved my way to talk about how C.E. can create jobs, grow the economy, increase national securing, preserve the environment, stabilize fuel costs, etc…
For the remainder of my visit to D.C., I had to repeat this drill many times. Fortunately, I had EcoTrek’s big truck, fueled by POET cellulosic ethanol, as my visual aid.
Some bloggers have questioned the need to drive a big truck across country to prove a point. Let me tell you, nothing is more persuasive than actually seeing (and touching) something to prove a point. While pictures may speak a thousand words, a massive Super-Duty truck parked at the steps of the Capitol Building bellows volumes about legitimacy and provides incomparable tactile reinforcement.
ACORE, the American Council on Renewable Energy arranged for me to park EcoTrek’s C.E-powered truck in a courtyard that is within sight of the front door of the White House. Dozens of people gathered to hear me speak about this remarkable fuel. At times, there was heated debate over preference alternative energy sources, but none could argue against the benefits of C.E. Debate may be healthy at times, but come on, with the unrest in the Middle East and the spike in petrol costs; it’s now time for action.