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Creating a “Green” Stimulus Package

January 16, 2009

Bismarck, ND – Several environmental and conservation groups are urging Congress to consider funding in the stimulus package for infrastructure that goes beyond roads and bridges. They are promoting construction and development of advanced biofuel refineries, biomass research, and renewable energy.

Julie Sibbing, with the National Wildlife Federation, says in North Dakota, the agriculture sector presents a great opportunity for clean green energy jobs.

"Not just job creators for today, like building a highway or repairing a bridge, but ones that will create really good paying jobs and careers for people into the future. We think it's very appropriately treated as part of the stimulus."

Because of ongoing research into cellulosic fuels from wheat, Mark Gaede, with the National Association of Wheat Growers, believes North Dakota is prime for investment. According to Gaede, an outlay now will address more than our dependence on foreign oil.

"We can also provide additional jobs in rural communities so it helps the economy and it adds another potential revenue stream for farmers."

He adds, other benefits of a green stimulus plan are more habitats for wildlife and reduced CO2 gases that lead to global warming.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND