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Cellulosic ethanol plant promises jobs, freedom from foreign oil

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EMMETSBURG, Iowa (KTIV) - A South Dakota company is growing the next generation of renewable fuels in northwest Iowa, and Poet Energy promises more jobs, and less foreign oil to fuel your car, truck or SUV.

Tuesday, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge announced a 20-million dollar commitment to "Project Liberty" in Emmetsburg, Iowa. It'll use corn cobs to produce 25-million gallons of cellulosic ethanol every year.

Poet officials say cellulosic ethanol is key to America's energy independence.

"Cellulosic ethanol means jobs for America, it's good for the environment, and it's a key part of our nation's energy independence campaign," Jim Sturdevant Project Director says,

Poet is also pushing the E-P-A to increase the ethanol blend from ten-percent, to fifteen percent blend. That would allow more home-grown sources of renewable fuels into the nation's supply.

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