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US Energy Secretary leans towards drop-in fuels [Registered]

During a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on 1 Dec ’10 the US Energy Secretary Steven Chu Chu said he does not consider ethanol “an ideal transportation fuel.” He said he preferred using biomass to make synthetic versions of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel because biomass doesn’t require specialized infrastructure. “Americans can drive their vehicles using agriculturally based fuels, but we are primarily focused on developing the new technologies that can supercede ethanol made from starches,” Chu said. The ethanol industry has been pushing for federal incentives for ethanol pipelines and pumps, arguing…

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