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Argument: Cellulosic ethanol can generate good-paying jobs

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"Igniting Cellulosic Biofuel Production." Science Progress. June 11th, 2008: "But next generation biofuels can reduce dependence on foreign oil imports in the U.S. and abroad. In several, but not all developing countries, the development of a broad-based, socially responsible, and sustainable bioenergy industry has the potential to harness substantial agriculture, land, water, and labor resource advantages of those nations. The sustainable production of biofuels will require appropriate climatic and soil conditions, water resources, land availability, transportation and electrical infrastructure, and labor, but an increased emphasis on bioenergy can provide a unique economic development platform. A growing bioenergy industry has the potential to rapidly scale-up agricultural production, diversify crops, expand industrial and transportation infrastructure, and provide new sources of income and jobs in rural communities."


Novozymes, a bioethanol producer, estimated in 2010 that the commercialization of the cellulosic ethanol could create as many as 1.2 million new green jobs in the United States alone by 2022.[1]

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