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06-09-06 - An alternative source for fuel is growing on southern Oklahoma and north Texas soil. The Noble Foundation has launched massive research to improve switchgrass, making it a biomass crop for ethanol production.
You will remember in the President’s “State of the Union Address” this year, he urged Americans to break the addiction to foreign energy sources and said renewable energy crops were the way to go. But in order to convert the native grass into fuel, many factors have to fall into place. You have to convince the farmer to plant it and a refinery to build in southern Oklahoma.
Noble Researchers hope the 2007 Farm Bill will do so. Area farmers have already expressed interest in growing switchgrass.
To learn more about ethanol, click on the links below:
www.scifun.com Chemical of the week: Ethanol
www.e85fuel.com The Future is Ethanol
www.ethanol.org The National Site for Ethanol