Ethanol worse than gasoline -- Oil companies now officially "green"? Advertisement
We already knew that
corn ethanol is, at best, only a little better, emissions-wise, than plain old gasoline
Now a study in
indicates that biofuels are even worse, in terms of the net CO2 they're going to pump into the atmosphere, than the gasoline we're already putting into our cars. Mostly because of land-use changes.
"Prior analyses made an accounting error," says one study's lead author, Tim Searchinger, an agricultural expert at Princeton University. "There is a huge imbalance between the carbon lost by plowing up a hectare [2.47 acres] of forest or grassland from the benefit you get from biofuels."
Biofuels Are Bad for Feeding People and Combating Climate Change
| Scientific American
Which raises the question -- if biofuels are a nightmare and universal adoption of electric vehicles is decades away, doesn't that make plain old petrochemicals the greenest "alternative" fuel out there?
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