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May 22, 2001


1) Genencor's Biomass Program to Play a Role in President Bush's Energy Plan

2) Motorists May Turn to Ethanol

Genencor's Biomass Program to Play a Role in President Bush's Energy Plan

Genencor International Inc., a global biotechnology company, is developing a new process to help solve the nation's energy crisis by using natural enzymes to convert biomass into fuel.

A major focal point of President Bush's Energy Plan is to develop ways of converting natural resources into fuel to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. Bioethanol can be produced by converting biomass -- agricultural by-products of rice straw, corn stover and saw dust -- into a cleaner source of energy. If successful, this renewable resource will help to lessen America's dependence on foreign oil and reduce pollution.

Motorists May Turn to Ethanol

Sickened by record high gasoline prices, more than 1 million American motorists driving ''flexible-fuel'' vehicles can instead fill up with a cheaper mix of gasoline and ethanol, a renewable resource made from corn.

Problem is, many people don't realize they own cars or trucks that can run on both unleaded gasoline and E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Over the last three years, General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG have built an estimated 1.2 million cars and trucks fitted with flexible fuel systems to help the automakers meet stringent fuel-economy standards.

The price of regular grade unleaded gasoline has soared in some Midwestern states, to as high as $1.96 a gallon on average in Illinois, second only to California's $2.01 a gallon, according to the American Automobile Association. Some industry observers fear prices could rise to $3 a gallon this summer.

Conversely, the average price of E85 ethanol-gas mix is about $1.65 in the Midwest.



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