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Smells Like Hot Wings Over Mesquite?



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Although we’re all generally fascinated by cars and trucks (if you’re not, seems odd that you’re reading this, but welcome, just the same), when it comes to issues of fueling them. . .well, then we’re not all that engaged.

Consequently, I must confess that I also missed Friday’s announcement by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that up to $564-million is being made available via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for 19 biorefinery projects in 15 states. The goal is to eventually develop a biomass fuel industry in the U.S.

This is not about diverting corn into ethanol rather than cornflakes.

Among the programs:

· Ethanol from carbon dioxide and seawater via algae

· Fuel and potassium acetate from decorative wood scrap (a.k.a., paneling)

· Diesel substitute from fermented sweet sorghum

· Diesel and jet fuel from “woody biomass”

· Diesel and jet fuel from plant oils and poultry fat

· Gasoline from wood

Matching funds from private enterprise gets the number up to $1.3-billion.

"Advanced biofuels are critical to building a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system in the U.S." said Secretary Chu. "These projects will help establish a domestic industry that will create jobs here at home and open new markets across rural America."


Wonder if the exhaust from one of those programs would smell like a drivethru at KFC?