Renewable Energy with a Focus on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biodiesel, Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, Special Hearing, August 26, 2006, Sidney, Montana [open pdf - 321KB]
From the opening statement of Conrad Burns: "As you know, agriculture is the backbone and probably the largest contributor to the GDP of just about every State in the union, although a lot of States won't admit that, but it is, because renewables are a vital part of the GDP to the Nation. Biofuels might not be the silver bullet for agriculture, but there's potential for improving the future of our farms and ranches, especially for our young farmers and beginning producers going back on the farm. But in order to be successful, we need to continue research and development of new technologies. I don't think we can sustain an energy policy that creates competition between food and fuel, so I'm hopeful that Montana can lead the Nation in developing cellulosic ethanol as well as biodiesel. To me, that is the future of our renewable fuels. We need to be using wheat straw and biomass to make fuel, but the technology in that area is just at the early stages, and some folks thought we had almost a breakthrough in it, we are still far--well not too far, but we're not there yet of perfecting this technology." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dan Downs, Jon Stoner, Jerald W. Bergman, Garth Kallevig, Thad Willis, Thomas C. Dorr, and John Ashworth.
S. Hrg. 109-671; Senate Hearing 109-671
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