ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010 -- (House of Representatives - July 15, 2009)
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Mr. BERRY. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I thank our chairman Mr. Visclosky, Mr. Pastor and ranking member Mr. Frelinghuysen for putting together a really good bill, and the staff has done an outstanding job with all of this, and we certainly appreciate all the hard work that they've done and continue to do. It would be the most foolish thing we could possibly do in this country. We have economically succeeded and lived off of the great research--most of it that was begun during World War II, continued after World War II and made us the technology leaders of the world. It has tremendous economic benefits. For us to now pursue a course to say that we don't need to do research, that it doesn't serve a good purpose.
The research that is being done at Arkansas State University, by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute that was created and funded by the State of Arkansas, and tremendous investments have gone into that institute and great work is being done there, some of it, a very small part of it, is being funded by the Federal Government. That is most appropriate. What this does is to make it possible to take the straw that is left after you harvest an acre of rice, and convert it to 270 gallons of ethanol. That's after you take the grain off of it.
It makes all the sense in the world to do this, and this would also be applicable to other crops.
So we are talking about using something right now that just lays there and rots and turning it into fuel that is environmentally friendly. And it makes absolutely no sense not to continue this research, bring it to fruition and put it on the ground and make it work for the American people and reduce our need for foreign oil.
So I rise in strenuous opposition to this amendment. I would ask the House to join me in being opposed to this amendment.
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