Switchgrass Followup

SWITCHGRASS FOLLOWUP….So where did the president’s “switchgrass” reference in Tuesday’s State of the Union address come from? David Roberts at Grist writes:

You may be interested in what David Bransby, professor of energy crops at Auburn University, said Wednesday on NPR’s All Things Considered. He has called and emailed regularly with the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). One of the last emails claimed, in Bransby’s words, that switchgrass “was a last minute inclusion in the speech, and it was Senator Sessions that helped get it into there.” Sessions’ spokesflack later confirmed that Sessions had a heart-to-heart with Al Hubbard, the chairman of Bush’s National Economic Council, last Friday.

There you have it. Apparently the path was Sessions to Hubbard to Bush. Too bad there were no actual scientists involved.