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The ‘Holy Grail’ of Ethanol Now in Sight

With one foot planted in a pile of corn cobs, Mark Stowers explains how agricultural waste, transformed into ethanol, will turbocharge the US economy, boost its energy security, and help save the planet, too.

This holy grail of biofuels, called cellulosic ethanol, has been “five years from commercialization” for so long that even Dr. Stowers admits it’s become a joke.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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NASA Glenn Working on Project to Power Fuel Cell Electric Bus With Hydrogen from Lake Erie

The NASA Glenn Research Center is working with the RTA, the Great Lakes Science Center and United Technologies Corp. to power a fuel cell electric bus with hydrogen drawn from lake water.

State documents reveal that the NASA consortium, which includes 12 partners, has applied for a $2.6 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects program.

Other members of the consortium include Parker Hannifin Corp

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Obama Ready to Tap Offshore Oil, Wind Power

Just weeks into his presidency, President Barack Obama has moved right past the should-we-drill-offshore question and plunged into a new debate about how best to tap resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

With the lifting of the moratorium against offshore drilling last year, some offshore drilling almost certainly will occur.

Source: McClatchy

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SE Asia Outlines Plans for New Refineries, Upgrades

Indonesia's state-owned PT Pertamina, aiming to reduce fuel imports by boosting domestic supply, plans to construct two new refineries and upgrade an existing facility.

"We still import fuels in a large volume," said Indonesian President Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono, adding that, as a matter of economic efficiency, Pertamina "will build three refineries within 3-5 years."

Source: Oil & Gas Journal

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Salazar Rejects Bush Drilling Plan

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected a Bush administration plan to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling, promising "a new way forward" in offshore energy development including new wind projects.

Salazar at a news conference Tuesday criticized "the midnight timetable" for new oil and gas development on the country's Outer Continental Shelf proposed by the Bush administration four days before President Barack Obama took office Jan. 20.

Source: Associated Press

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