WHEREAS, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States clearly demonstrate the fragility of the international oil distribution system, and political instability will be a hallmark of the Middle East for years to come; and
WHEREAS, the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 ("EPAct") identified a need for increased availability of indigenously produced alternative fuels as part of an overall effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve air quality; and
WHEREAS, EPAct mandates that alternative fuel vehicles must constitute 75% of annual state fleet purchases; and
WHEREAS, EPAct identifies, among others, ethanol and biodiesel fuels as alternative fuels, and United States Department of Agriculture research revealed that South Carolina can produce both; and
WHEREAS, ethanol and biodiesel fuels can become a viable industry to diversify crop production and offer financially lucrative alternatives for South Carolina farmers; and
WHEREAS, South Carolina's Clean Cities Coalitions surveyed government agencies and private companies in their regions, and identified over one thousand alternative fuel vehicles but only one publicly available refueling station.
NOW THEREFORE, I do hereby:
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 18th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001.
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