Rural America Will Supply Renewable Energy Resources by 2025

Congress states rural America will supply renewable energy to the nation by 2025. Congress has a new resolution nicknamed 25x'25, with a total of 25 percent of the nation’s energy coming from rural areas.

| September/October 2006

Rural American and renewable energy

Congress states rural America will supply 25% of the renewable energy to the nation by 2025.


Stop the presses! Rural America will supply renewable energy to the nation by 2025. 

Once in a great while, farmers, politicians and enviros stand on common ground and rally behind a shared cause. Didn’t think it was possible? Stretch your imagination even further and envision a congressional resolution that brings together political parties. This resolution, recently introduced by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, calls for an ambitious goal: that rural America will supply renewable energy to 25 percent of the nation from renewable sources by 2025.

Appropriately dubbed 25x’25, the vision is designed as an agricultural initiative, calling on farmers to supply the nation’s renewable energy sources — biofuels like ethanol, bioenergy from processed animal and agricultural waste, and wind and solar power produced on agricultural lands. Skeptics say the 25x’25 goal is unrealistic because only 4 percent of America’s energy currently comes from these sources.

Sponsors of the resolution disagree. “25x’25 is a bold and ambitious goal, but one that I believe is within reach,” says Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, the lead House sponsor of the resolution and chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Farm, environmental and forestry organizations are also rushing to support the initiative. Already more than 140 organizations have signed on to endorse the bold vision. The Energy Future Coalition, a nonpartisan group that is funding the 25x’25 campaign with support from private foundations, boasts an impressive roster of backers, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia.

The 25x’25 Coalition is busy garnering support from state legislatures as well. At least 10 states are either in the process of forming state alliances in support of the initiative or have been spurred to enact their own legislation regarding renewable energy.

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