A story at Wired's blog profiles Bay Area biofuel startup, Amyris, wondering whether the time is now to usher in the new green economy. Amyris has finished its pilot plant and hopes to scale up to producing 200 million gallons of synthetic biofuel a year at $2 per gallon by 2011. As the face of the "green revolution that President-elect Barack Obama and his administration hope will pull the U.S. economy out of recession," says the story. Amyris has its critics; these include nervous investors and groups like Ottawa-based ETC Group, which says that the biofuels industry will "eventually cause serious environmental damage -- by eroding and degrading soils, reducing biodiversity, and increasing food insecurity."
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