Lawmakers Pass Energy Bill That Could Ease Nation Of Foreign Oil Dependency

Friday, lawmakers in Frankfort were told about the potential Kentucky has to mass produce bio fuels from coal mined right here in Eastern Kentucky. Legislators seem to be on board in the state's quest to help the nation end its dependence on foreign oil.

Held up high for lawmakers in Frankfort to see.

"Now this is not Eastern Kentucky moonshine or white lightening," Representative Rocky Adkins said.

It's fuel.

"This is transportation fuel that's being made by the Center for Applied Research at UK," Adkins said.

Adkins is pushing a bill that aims to put Kentucky at the forefront to mass produce fuel from coal.

"It's a higher quality fuel for the environmental fuel we're making today," Burt Davis with the UK Center of Applied Energy Research.

Not only fuel that could one day run your car, but also from coal comes a waxy substance that's so clean you could eat it. As a matter of fact, you probably already have.

"It's used to coat vegetables to keep from dehydrating. It's also in chewing gum," Davis said.

Adkins' bill pushes alternative fuel research and development. Other states are doing the same thing but he says Kentucky has a literal gold mine because of its wealth of coal and agriculture.

"If you took the amount of coal, oil, shale, and biomass in this country, there are more of those three things to make transportation fuel than there is oil worldwide," Adkins said.

And again, most of it is found right here in Kentucky.

Adkins' bill passed without opposition in the house Friday.

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