Tulane University has developed a virus that eats cellulose and produces butanol. The ability of ethanol (3 carbon center) to be used as a gasoline stretcher is well known (gasoline frequently found in the US with 10% ethanol). Butanol has 4 carbons at its center, and can be used as a direct replacement for gasoline without any changes to engines or the distribution infrastructure.
The most recent generation of gasoline pumps have already been upgraded to viton rubber seals to allow for the corrosiveness of the addition of ethanol.
I hope this is true. Its not a silver bullet that solves ALL
the problems with military entanglements in the middle-east, pollution from automobile exhaust (global warming concerns, etc), or US independence from foreign resources, but...it couldn't hurt.
If true, it should be federally protected from oil-corporation intervention due to its strategic effect on vital national and GLOBAL
interests. Genetically altered and robust saw-grass can produce cellulose from land that doesnt take away any national food-farming capacity or limited water resources. http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-cars-recycled-newspaper-scientists.html