Environmental activists and former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez are criticizing a plan by the state's Energy Commission to offer as much as $15 million in price supports to ethanol plants, including Pacific Ethanol. "It's appalling. We gave them a very clear direction where these funds should be going," said Nunez, who wrote the legislation that created the incentive program. Dan Pellissier, the governor's chief environmental adviser, defended the choice of Pacific Ethanol, pointing out that California-made ethanol is cleaner than versions of the biofuel produced elsewhere.

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