Foreign Oil Funding America's Enemies

Foreign Oil Funding America's Enemies

Energy security will be one of several topics discussed by experts at 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 24 in Des Moines.

If you're interested in renewable fuels and America's energy future, plan on attending the 6th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 24 in Des Moines. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

Institute for Analysis of Global Security Dr. Gal Luft

Energy security expert Dr. Gal Luft will be one of several speakers at the all-day meeting. Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), is renowned for his expertise in topics such as energy security, terrorism, economic warfare and geopolitics. He is also a tireless promoter of ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Dr. Luft's research and articles have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals, and he has written or co-authored three books, including Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009). 

"We are honored to have Dr. Luft join us in Iowa to spell out the real national security threats posed by our country's dangerous dependence on foreign petroleum," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "His extensive background on energy and terrorism issues around the globe will offer an eye-opening perspective to our summit audience."

The summit and trade show will be held at Veterans Memorial Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online at by January 19, where they'll also find additional links and information relating to the Summit.

Energy security experts to speak at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Additional highlights of the summit will include presentations from four-star General Paul Kern (US Army, Ret.) on foreign oil's impact on U.S. military operations as well as former Reagan National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane on breaking America's addiction to foreign oil through consumer fuel choice. The summit will also feature a presentation on the national outlook for biodiesel and panel discussions on "E15: The New Consumer Choice" and "Synergies of Livestock and Ethanol."

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, says Shaw, "and this topic is of economic importance as well as energy security importance to our state and nation," he points out. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website
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