Commend Green Tech Startup for Fighting Global Warming

Target: Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn

Goal: Raise citizens’ awareness towards a green tech company in Illinois developing new emissions-reducing technologies.

A green-tech startup called LanzaTech has made it their goal to bring new ideas and solutions to the table in order to address global warming. They currently are researching and producing a patented bacteria that “eats” carbon dioxide and other pollutants and outputs it into usable byproducts. Take action to raise peoples’ awareness towards LanzaTech and other similar groups truly dedicated to finding solutions to our climate problem.

In April 2012, LanzaTech‘s microbe was put to use in China. The bacteria absorbs carbon monoxide at a steel mill and uses it to produce ethanol in a gas fermentation process. The company’s CEO, Jennifer Holmgren, described their process: “Rather than trying to sequester carbon deep into the earth, we will ‘bury’ it in a chemical. In this way, companies can not only comply with emissions reduction requirements, but also generate revenue along the way.” Out of the group’s various new ideas, the carbon monoxide eating bacteria is closest to real commercialization. In December, the company completed a demonstration for China’s largest steel manufacturer, Baosteel, at a facility near Shanghai. 

LanzaTech is led by an international board of directors. The organization has offices in New Zealand, China, and the United States in Illinois. In addition to their gas fermentation bacteria, the company has several other technologies in the works: Through synthetic biology, they are capable of defining fuel and chemical production at the DNA level and have one of the world’s largest portfolios of industrial production microbes available for that process. Also in LanzaTech‘s repertoire is full, in-house access to online, high-throughput gas and liquid analysis facilities.

Other partners of LanzaTech in the U.S. include companies such as Boeing Co. in Chicago, and Invista, the world’s largest nylon producer, based in Kansas. Notable international partners are Indian Oil Co. in New Delhi and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. in Japan. The cooperation of these entities shows the enormous potential of LanzaTech‘s gas fermentation technology.

Concentrated efforts such as those by LanzaTech towards combating global warming and effecting real change in the direction of more sustainable solutions needs to be noticed. If this work can be seen on a larger scale by those with the ability to donate, it will speed progress on the issue. Sign this petition to encourage Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to bring LanzaTech to the eyes of more citizens in order to encourage better protection of our environment.


Dear Governor Quinn,

A green-tech startup called LanzaTech is making real progress towards combatting global warming on an international scale. They have developed a microbe capable of consuming carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other gas pollutants, and outputting useful products such as ethanol and other fuels through this consumption. The process is known as gas fermentation. The company is currently working with China’s largest steel manufacturer, Baosteel, to implement their new technology on a commercial level. 

Many entities in the U.S. and internationally also recognize the tremendous potential LanzaTech has to effect a better environmental future for the world. U.S. partners include Boeing, and the world’s largest producer of nylon, Invista, based in Kansas. Notable international partners include Indian Oil Co. in New Delhi and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. in Japan.

The concentrated efforts of LanzaTech are already reducing carbon emissions in China. The company intends to expand wherever they can to prevent more harm to our environment. Their U.S. office is based in Illinois, giving the state a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the level of individual citizens towards these efforts. I urge you, as governor of Illinois, to begin a campaign to raise awareness and encourage citizens to participate along with LanzaTech to actively combat global warming and protect our world from climate change.


[Your Name Here]

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