Fiber Wars: The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy

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Fiber Wars

Chapter 6

The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy

“The cause celebre of the Chemurgy Movement was ethanol fuels made from the fermentation of grain. In his analysis of the their initial interaction, David Wright described the reception of the chemurgists by the USDA as enthusiastic. But heavy pressure was brought to bear through the agency of the American Petroleum Institute and mandates for ethanol mixes were defeated. As the New Deal took shape, the subsidy solution was favored as quicker and more expedient by Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, and the government acquiesced to the lobbying pressure of the petrochemical industry.”

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