President Obama backs $5m cow manure plan

US President Barack Obama is seeking to fund a new green energy source by providing $5m to build cow manure based technology that will be used to fuel an ethanol plant in the state of Kansas.

The Washington Examiner reports that President Obama's Department of Agriculture (USDA) has committed the funding to the construction of a "biogas anaerobic digester" that will use cow manure to heat an ethanol plant.

Western Plains Energy, LLC, a Kansas company, will use the money to "utilize waste energy resources from a local cattle feedlot to replace almost 90 per cent of the fossil fuels currently used" at the plant.

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