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Bush to Visit Franklin County Plant

Posted February 16, 2007
Updated February 18, 2007

— President Bush will visit North Carolina this week to discuss his energy initiatives to cut U.S. gas consumption, the White House said Friday.

Bush will visit a biotech plant Thursday in Franklinton, said White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo. The company, Novozymes, produces enzymes to help turn matter such as corn into ethanol fuel, among other things.

Bush will speak about his energy initiatives to reduce gasoline use by 20 percent in the next ten years, Mamo said. He will also take part in a tour and a panel discussion.

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  • blueridgelab Feb 20, 2007

    The President, no matter who that is, is deserving of respect. He doesn't have to come to NC but he is. The company, Novozymes,, will benefit greatly from the publicity and the employees of that company will in turn benefit as the company grows.

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  • margaret Feb 19, 2007

    The answer the question about contribution made by Novozymes to the republican party: none. Novozymes web site states that Novozymes does not make financial contributions to political parties.

  • regularguy_nc-at-yahoo.com Feb 19, 2007

    "Cornell University and UC Berkeley, concludes that every domestic biofuel source the ones currently in use as well as those under development produces less energy than is consumed in growing and processing the crops."

  • St Ives Feb 19, 2007

    I think Bush is coming here so he can give the appearance of being concerned about alternate fuel.
    Looks good on paper.

  • justcommenting Feb 19, 2007

    I work for Novozymes and am quite excited about the President of the United States visiting our company. Some might think it's silly but it's not every day and average working man at least none that I know get a chance to be in a live audience of the President.

  • gvmtcheese Feb 19, 2007

    A question was raised in The Franklin Times blog about how much money Novo has spent on the Republican party cause. Does anyone here know? Not that it is of any significance but I just was curious. Reading the comments from both sides of the BUSH-O-METER makes me wonder if it really matters now who is on office. The sides of the political pendulum seem to swing farther each passing day. With the confession of Jim Black, this year is surely turning out to be the year of the pig indeed. I feel sorry for you people with family overseas I really do. I must interject a previous statement however for the Proud relatives of troops overseas. They signed up to do a job. They are all puppets in a Texas oilman's theater. Sure, they are rebuilding, sure they are trying to educate. Do the people they are dieing for really care? I think not, and it shows everyday when another news report comes out about a bomb going off in Baghdad. We can not kill them all regardless of what Bush says.

  • Joy Feb 19, 2007

    I think he ought to take a complete tour of the county and see how the real world lives.

  • 3potato4 Feb 19, 2007

    Seems that more than a few posters feel that the President should have had access to some sort of crystal ball before invading Iraq. Prior to the invasion, Sadam kept kicking out the UN Inspectors when they wanted to enter places he (Sadam) didn't want them to enter, which led everyone (remember the vote of all but one of our Senators?) to believe he had WMD's. Heck, even Sadam thought he still had them.

  • Kel Feb 19, 2007

    To iampostingmyopinion: It's not gossip, it's a fact. Haven't you wondered what happened to the log house right below Novo. The owners didn't sell it because they didn't like the site any more. I'm glad your water has not been affected, but others have not been so lucky. And "contaminated" may be up to interpretation. So levels that are higher than average acceptable may be more absolutely accurate.