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The U.S. Department of Energy has dug into its coffers once again for alternative energy research, this time putting up to $385 million forward to fund six cellulosic ethanol over the next four years. DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made the announcement, going on to say that when fully operational, the six biorefineries will produce more than 130 million gallons / 492 million litres of ethanol per year. The funding is part of President Bush's Twenty in Ten Initiative which aims to reduce America

Last Thursday was Ethanol Motor Day at the Indy Motor Speedway. Ethanol promoters gave away thousands of dollars to the day's fastest car and Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman paid a visit to the track. The transcript of the Secretary's visit is now available online.