Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on cellulosic biofuels yesterday during his latest trip to New Hampshire.
Â“Well, I think there are new technologies that allow you to use corn stalks and corn husks and other things. I am in favor of developing some biofuels and I think it can be done in a way that doesnÂ’t affect the cost of food at all,” Gingrich told local radio talk show host Al Kulas after delivering a speech at the Keene Country Club on Monday. This was his third trip to the Granite State in just three weeks, according to the Boston Globe.
Unlike corn-based ethanol, cellulosic biofuels are made from non-crop plant matter. Mass producing the stuff won’t cause food prices to skyrocket, at least in theory, putting to rest a fear that has plagued the industry for years now
It is refreshing to see Newt Gingrich move beyond the “Drill baby drill” rhetoric of the Republican Party and embrace non-partisan solutions to the nation’s energy crisis. Newt’s words yesterday echoedÂ President Obama’s own call for Â “biofuels made from things like switchgrass and wood chips and biomass.” Let’s hope other Republican presidential hopefuls follow his lead.
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Video of Newt Gingrich talking biofuels in New Hampshire (fast forward to 4:00 mark)