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Alternative Fuels

Will Recession Slow Progress?

8:32 AM MST | December 22, 2008 | Rebecca Coons

There are several obstacles, including the weak economy, that threaten to stall alternative fuel investments in 2009, producers say. In fact, signs of a slowdown are already appearing in the industry’s biggest market, ethanol, amid overcapacity and price decreases, producers say. Tight liquidity and plummeting oil prices are adding to woes, although most producers remain bullish on the long-term viability of these fuels. Ongoing climate change and energy security concerns require long-term solutions, which can be met by alternative fuels, including ethanol...

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