Scientific American: Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to the article in Scientific American, replacing petroleum with ethanol produced from corn could create more carbon emissions, not less.

That’s a real tough one isn’t it.

    If increased production of corn-based ethanol in the U.S. raises corn prices and accelerates the conversion of rainforests and conservations lands to farmland worldwide, greenhouse emissions and loss of the carbon sink associated with such deforestation and disruption must be counted towards the biofuel’s total emissions.

    “Losing a carbon sink would defeat the purpose of this regulation to reduce greenhouse emissions,” Stanich said.

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