Using a genetically engineered microbe, researchers have developed a method to produce isobutanol directly from plant material. The method is both cost effective and does not require crops be grown, as it can use any woody material like agricultural and lumber waste. Plus, isobutanol can be blended with gasoline and even sometimes be used as a replacement for it.
Not only could this create enormous numbers of new jobs in rural areas, it could also be a major source for creating fuel in our own country from renewable sources. Wow.