Friday, January 27, 2006

Ethanol debate: plenty more mileage left.

Alexander Farrell at the University of California Berkeley looked at six studies used to argue for and against the development of ethanol as an energy source to conclude that the current ethanol manufacture from grain is expensive and contributes to pollution and greenhouse gases but better 'cellulosic' technology will make ethanol 'a really good fuel for the United States'.
"At the moment, cellulosic technology is just too expensive. If that changes - and the technology is developing rapidly - then we might see cellulosic technology enter the commercial market within five years."
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