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Pence’s own former congressional chief of staff has lobbied him on behalf of insurance company Aflac, tech giant Microsoft, biofuels trade group Fuels America, and telecom firms Verizon and AT&T. The AT&T lobbying may have already paid off.
Typically, biofuels mix with traditional fuels as a simple way to reduce emissions.
Shell works in exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power general, trading, and renewable energy such as biofuels and wind.
Sorghum is a high-fiber grain grown for food and for use in biofuel.
Seaweed is used in everything from fertilizer and cosmetics to medicine, animal feed and, potentially, biofuel.
The center has been a national leader in energy efficiency and alternative energy research, promoting biofuels, wind and solar and savings at government buildings.
Researchers have begun using biofuels, essentially a fuel source that comes from living matter, for a variety of different purposes from ethanol in gasoline to agricultural waste in jet fuel.
Exxon Mobil has a $600 million deal with Synthetic Genomics, a partnership that bore fruit in June when the company announced a major breakthrough in engineering strains of algae to produce oil for use in sustainable biofuels.
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Did You Know?
Since the early 19th century, "fossil fuel" has been used to refer to fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas which are formed from the remains of plants and animals which have lain in the earth for millions of years. In the 1970s, a new word, "biofuel," began to be used to describe a different kind of fuel, one taken from more contemporary organic matter. These fuels include ethanol, which can be derived from such products as corn and sugarcane, and biodiesel, which can be formed from vegetable oils. These organic sources are reflected in the prefix, bio-, meaning "life" or "living organisms or tissue." The prefix bio- was borrowed from the Greek bios, meaning "mode of life."
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