The news in President Obama's speech Thursday at the University of Miami had a familiar ring to researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
He used findings from an algae biofuel paper published by PNNL researchers this spring in the journal Water Resources Research as he discussed energy issues, including the price of gas, at the University of Miami.
"Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States," Obama said, quoting the PNNL study.
"And that means greater energy security," he said. "That means lower costs. It means more jobs. It means a stronger economy."
PNNL is not sure how the White House heard about the research, but was proud to have it cited by the president, said Franny White, a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy laboratory.