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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2009


DOD Funding Will Assist SUNY Cobleskill Bioenergy Research Center, Create Jobs

Development of Clean Fuels To Be Mobilized For Military Application

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Scott Murphy and Paul Tonko today announced final congressional passage of the Department of Defense appropriations bill which includes $2 million for SUNY Cobleskill’s Bioenergy Research Center. The funding will be used to research and develop clean liquid and gas fuels through the conversion of animal and municipal solid waste, providing base fuel for the military.


"This is a great project that SUNY Cobleskill is working on," said Senator Schumer.  "The Defense Department believes that it has important potential to help make our troops more self-sufficient in the field and it is a natural fit for one of the state’s leading Agriculture and Technology schools to work on.  It will create some jobs in the short term, but it could also revolutionize our energy generation in the long term.”


“Developing new, clean, homegrown sources of energy is a vital part of our national security and our economic recovery,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help SUNY Cobleskill develop new sources of renewable energy for our troops – helping to make our troops more secure and self-sustaining, while cutting our emissions and protecting our environment. SUNY Cobleskill is at the forefront as we work to meet the energy needs of the 21st century. I will continue working with  Senator Schumer, Congressman Murphy and Congressman Tonko to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

“SUNY Cobleskill has long been a leader in Upstate New York and this funding will enable them to develop new green energy technology to help keep our troops safe by enabling them to be more self-sufficient,” said Rep. Murphy.  “As we continue to transition into the 21st century innovation economy, projects like this one will help our region and our nation lead the way.  I look forward to continuing to work with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko to keep our soldiers safe and our economy strong.”

"I am happy to announce this funding for SUNY Cobleskill, a key player in my congressional district," said Rep. Tonko. "We must continue to find innovative solutions as we build our clean energy economy, and bioenergy will continue to play an important role on that front. I applaud the efforts of the college and look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to better the Capital Region."


The Center will work on mobilizing this technology for military application in the field, enhancing the armed services’ ability to provide its own energy on bases. Reducing the need to transport waste and fuels will save lives in the armed forces and cut military transportation costs. This project will create approximately 8 jobs.

The Appropriations Bill for the Department of Defense was passed by the House last week and by the Senate this weekend. The legislation will now be sent to the President for his signature.


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