The use of alternative fuels such as corn and coal to decrease the U.S. dependency on foreign oil remains a growing issue nationwide.
There are currently 136 ethanol plants in the U.S. and Governor Fletcher wants to put Kentucky in the forefront of alternative fuel technology.
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-1st District) believes research in alternative fuels remains a great idea not just for the environment but for the state.
"It's a win-win situation for the state of Kentucky and hopefully we can develop an energy policy that relies on soybeans and corn and coal to help us be less dependent on foreign oil," Whitfield explained.
Congressman Whitfield said he encourages the use of the country's coal reserves in use with clean coal technology.