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Bioethanol’s water requirements underestimated

At a time when water supplies are scarce in many parts of the world, scientists from the University of Minnesota are reporting that production of bioethanol – regarded by many as the clean-burning fuel of the future – may consume up to three times more water than previously thought. Reporting their findings in the journal […]

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“Ethanol subsidies a poor investment economically and environmentally,” study finds




To avoid creating greenhouse gases, it makes more sense using today’s technology to leave land unfarmed in conservation reserves than to plow it up for corn to make biofuel, according to a new Duke University-led study. “Converting set-asides to corn-ethanol production is an inefficient and expensive greenhouse gas mitigation policy that should not be encouraged […]




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Study Slams Economics Of Ethanol And Biodiesel




A new joint study from Cornell University and University of California-Berkeley says that fuels produced from biomass are uneconomical as they use much more energy in their creation than the resulting ethanol or biodiesel generates. “There is just no energy benefit to using plant biomass for liquid fuel,” said study author and Cornell researcher David […]




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