Corn Fuel = CO2 Emissions

In what ought to serve as a death-knell for corn-ethanol subsidies in the U.S., two studies from the new issue of the journal Science strongly indicate that the increased substitution of certain biofuels will actually exacerbate global climate change rather than slow it down.

While the researchers, from an array of independent institutions including Princeton University, Woods Hole Research Center, and Iowa State (smack in the heart of corn country) examined a variety of fuels, the chief culprit is clearly corn. Clearing land to grow additional corn stocks to make ethanol would release twice as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the next 30 years as just burning regular gasoline.

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