The state legislature's decision to defund the Biofuels Center of North Carolina is "a travesty," writes Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. The center has helped attract businesses to the state, creating more than 21,000 jobs in the process, Butterfield notes. "It has operated on a $4 million annual budget, which is less than two one hundredths of a percent of the entire state budget, while leveraging hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment and creating hundreds of jobs in new energy markets," he writes.

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