Briefing: Advanced Biofuels in the Public and Private Sectors

Pictured from left to right: John Warner, Phyllis Cuttino, Harrison Dillon, Nancy Young, Jim Rekoske, Alejandro Zamorano

On Thursday, March 8, the Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate held a briefing on the outlook for advanced biofuels, the roles of the federal government and private industry in developing this resource, and predictions for commercialization. Speakers included:

  • Phyllis Cuttino, director, Pew Clean Energy Program
  • Harrison Dillon, president and chief technology officer, Solazyme Inc.
  • Jim Rekoske, vice president of renewable energy and chemicals, Honeywell
  • John Warner, former U.S. senator
  • Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs, Airlines for America
  • Alejandro Zamorano, bioenergy analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The United States imports almost 50 percent of its oil and sends $1 billion a day overseas, some of it to regimes hostile to U.S. interests. Advanced biofuels, currently being tested and used by the Department of Defense as well as several commercial airlines, offer the nation a real opportunity to diversify and increase its use of domestic fuels while positioning U.S. companies and farmers to be global leaders in the industry.

The departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Energy are working with the private sector to spur more production of advanced aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. The briefing focused on the important role that the public and private sectors can play in bringing these fuels to market in order to enhance security and provide widespread economic benefits.

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