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Researchers Calculate Benefits of Bioethanol

8:45 AM MDT | October 17, 2007 | Michelle Bryner

Researchers at the University of California (Berkeley) say that replacing gasoline with ethanol made from corn offers only marginal environmental benefits. However, there are technologies under development for producing ethanol from cellulosic materials that “promise to make ethanol a truly ‘green’ fuel, with significantly less environmental impact than gasoline.” Bioethanol scoop: Benefits of biofuels depend on feedstock type. The research attempts to reconcile public debate, much of which has focused on whether manufacturing ethanol...

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