Developing better plants for bioenergy
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced research awards under a joint DOE-USDA program aimed at improving and accelerating genetic breeding programs to create plants better suited for bioenergy production. The $8.9 million investment is part of the Barack Obama administration's broader effort to diversify the nation's energy portfolio and to accelerate the development of new energy technologies designed to decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
"Cost-effective, sustainable biofuels are crucial to building a clean energy economy," said Chu. "By harnessing the power of science and technology, this joint effort between DOE and USDA will help accelerate research in the critical area of plant feedstocks, spurring the creation of the domestic bio-industry while creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil."
"Developing a domestic source of renewable energy will create jobs and wealth in rural America, combat global warming, replace our dependence on foreign oil, and build a stronger foundation for the 21st century economy," Vilsack said. "This scientific investment will lay the foundation for a source of fuel made from renewable sources."
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