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Fuel from algae is an alluring concept and a difficult one. Difficult because many people absolutely hate the idea of using taxpayer money to develop it to its full potential. I see the technology as shaping up similarly to the model that built the Internet or the Global Positioning System network of satellites. Arguably, both involved high risk, unproven technology and little immediate, tangible benefit to the public in their early years of operation. They were also both heavily subsidized by the government.

Military leaders say their thirst for biofuels goes beyond any partisan or environmental agenda and is a matter of national security. If they get their way in buying biofuels such as ones based on algae, it won't be cheap to begin with. But if history is a guide, I think it will create markets that eventually bring down prices, and find a wide range of consumer applications.

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