Crop-waste ethanol gets support in energy bill

The energy bill passed by the Senate includes a plan to encourage development of economic techniques for processing crop waste into ethanol. Up to 1 billion gallons of crop-waste ethanol would be subsidized under the program, which also authorizes up to $200 million a year for research on biomass products. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a co-sponsor of the provision, said there should be investment not only in today's biofuels but also "products of all kinds."

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