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Hastert: Road trips. Alternative fuel car shopping.

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Antique car buff House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said he is going to buy a flex-fuel car.

from a column I wrote for The Hill, ( ) a newspaper covering Congress.....

• Hastert’s road trips. Catching up with the Speaker’s travels: On April 24, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) headlined a lunch in Chicago for Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.); later Hastert attended a dinner for the Anti-Defamation League in the city. He was in Washington the next day for a reception for his KOMPAC (Keep Our Majority PAC) leadership fund. On April 27 he went to Lewisburg, Pa., for a Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.) funder; on April 28, to Nebraska to help Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.) raise money for his governor’s race.

This morning, Hastert hosts a KOMPAC breakfast in Washington. On Friday, the Speaker is in California to help former Rep. Brian Bilbray’s House bid in La Jolla, and to Stockton for Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.). Bilbray is running for the seat vacated by the imprisoned former Rep. Randy “Duke��? Cunningham (R).

Hastert, an antique-car buff, is shopping for a alternative-fueled auto. The Speaker caught some flak when he rode a hydrogen-fueled car at a press event dealing with soaring gas prices — and then was photographed changing cars back into his standard-fuel vehicle to return to the fold of his security detail.

Said Hastert in his latest blog entry of the potential of renewable-fueled vehicles: “I rode in a hydrogen car recently. In fact, I’m such a proponent of renewable fuels, I have plans to soon buy my own flex-fuel car that can run on E85, which is an ethanol blend.��?

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Let Speaker Hastert know he should check out a Jeep Liberty while shopping for an alternative fuel vehicle.

I am the happy driver of a 2006 Jeep Liberty diesel which we fuel with biodiesel. We love it. It can run on biodiesel or regular diesel, but runs smoother and gets better mileage with the biodiesel.

However, despite the fact that we make lots of biodiesel in Illinois, there are very few retailers in the Chicago area who sell biodiesel. I get mine from some wonderful folks in Madison, WI who deliver it.

Maybe if the Speaker was looking for biodiesel, I could find it more easily.

Independent third-party, peer-reviewed studies show that biodiesel has the highest energy balance of ANY fuel in a fields-to-wheels or wells-to-wheels analysis. A 2001 Harvard study shows it to have the least impact on green-house gas production of any fuel available. It is 100% renewable and truly carbon neutral.

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