Have you heard about Brazil and their successful effort to become energy independent using biofuels? The key to their effort has been the planting of vast tracts of sugar cane to be distilled into celulosic ethanol. Well it seems that North Carolina's Congressional Democrats will be playing an important role in the development of a similar program for America.
According to Reuters, "What's being suggested is a five-year pilot program to encourage farmers to grow 5 million acres a year of switchgrass and other crops for making so-called cellulosic ethanol."
This program comes under the legislative authority of the House Agriculture Committee. In the new Congress two of the four Agriculture Subcommittees will be chaired by Mike McIntrye and Bob Etheridge (pictured right) of North Carolina. Their efforts will be key to moving this program through the Congress to legislative approval.
I wonder, how much of that switchgrass will be in North Carolina?