The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill to provide $10 million to federal agencies for the purpose of creating research and development programs to flush out biofuels options.

"It is clear that relying solely on conventional fuels like gasoline could threaten our economic well-being and environmental health," says  Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) chair of the House science and technology committee. "The public wants and deserves clean and reliable fuel choices. Passing this biofuels bill will help get us there."

The measure passed by a vote of 400 to 3.

The legislation will now head to the Senate for consideration. The primary goal is to expand the renewable fuels effort and make them more compatible with the nation's existing petroleum-based energy infrastructure.
Specific agencies to be involved with the funding include, the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives,