The Whitley Hodges Interstate Highway and Electric Grid Plan.
When Dwight David Eisenhower returned from Europe he had been impressed with the German AutoBahn.
When he became President of the U.S., he was instrumental in creating the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate
and Defense Highways. We call his creation The Interstate Highway System.
There are over 46,500 miles of Interstate Highway. It is part of the National Highway System which
includes all of our federal roads.
It is the largest highway system in the world, and it is the largest public works system in the world.
The federal government does not own the Interstate Highway System, the people of the states own it.
There also 157,000 miles of Electric Grid lands in the U.S. Most are owned or controlled by the electric
utilities, but some of these lands remain private.
In both cases, the enormous amount of acreage on the Interstate and under the electric grids is available
for planting biomass that can be converted into ethanol and biodiesel.
By having our farmers and other interested people plant these lands, we will give our local communities
additional income, more energy security, and we will cease sending our money to foreign lands under the control of OPEC.
This plan would place a huge amount of our fuel production in the hands of local people who would plant
it, process it, vend it wholesale, vent it retail while circulating the money over and over in a given region. It would
also add to the employment rolls.
The problem is most farmers and planters have to think about such a plan for 5-10 years before it dawns
on them that it is workable.
We are already planting the largest garden in the world, The Interstate Highway System. All we have
to do to change over to ethanol producing biomass is change the seeds being planted, add some harvesting equipment, and change
the state tractor/truck drivers with family people interested in making some money and fuel from their new Interstate farm.
Since all control will be in the hands of local people, BigOil and the politicians in Washington will
not be receptive to the plan.
Forget about drill, baby, drill. It's really plant, baby, plant.
The key is that we must GIVE THE LANDS FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PLANTERS.